Loan arrival David Ball confident Bradford City can overcome poor start

BRADFORD CITY loanee David Ball believes his new club can take inspiration from Rotherham United last term and turn around a disappointing start.

NEW FACE: David Ball, in action for Rotherham United last season. Picture: Tony Johnson.

The 28-year-old’s switch from the New York Stadium was ratified yesterday by the Football League, hours before Bantams head coach Michael Collins was sacked.

Paperwork had been lodged just minutes before last Friday’s 5pm deadline for the closing of the window, allowing Ball to become Bradford’s 17th signing of the summer.

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“There were a number of clubs interested in me,” said the Millers forward, who was in the starting XI as Paul Warne’s men won promotion by beating Shrewsbury Town at Wembley last May.

GONE: Michael Collins was sacked as Bradford City head coach before David Ball had chance to work under him. Picture: Richard Sellers/PA

“As soon as I heard Bradford had made an approach, I wanted to make it happen. I have played here on numerous occasions and am looking forward to doing so as a Bradford player.

“I will bring goals, I will bring assists and I will do all I can to help the club challenge.”

Bradford sit 17th in League One with six points from as many games. Ball added: “I have done it over the past few seasons in League One and I have been a part of teams who have played play-off football.

“In December last season, Rotherham were close to the bottom of the table and we turned it around and earned promotion. I know the division very well and I hope to add to the great deal of quality we already have here.”