Signing number three as Bradford City bring in former Portsmouth and Middlesbrough FC defender to League Two club

BRADFORD CITY have swooped to sign Mansfield Town defender Callum Johnson - who has become the club's third capture of the close season.

Yarm-born Johnson, 27, has arrived on an initial one-year deal fresh from helping the Stags to promotion from League Two.

The right-back, who can also operate in central defence and in midfield, joins following the expiration of his contract at Mansfield, having made 22 appearances for the Nottinghamshire side in 2023-24.

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A product of Middlesbrough's academy, Johnson made his name at Accrington Stanley where he made over a century of appearances over four seasons and helped Stanley to promotion from the fourth tier in 2018.

New Bradford City signing Callum Johnson. Picture courtesy of BCAFC.New Bradford City signing Callum Johnson. Picture courtesy of BCAFC.
New Bradford City signing Callum Johnson. Picture courtesy of BCAFC.

Johnson moved to Portsmouth in 2020 and made 40 league appearances in 2020-21 before loan spell at Fleetwood Town in the following season ahead of switching to Scottish outfit Ross County on a permanent basis in July 2022.

He joined Mansfield in January 2023.

On joining City, Johnson said: "I am delighted to be here. I spoke to the manager and knew straight away that I wanted to sign.

"Everyone will say the same, but the size of the club is really what brought me here. I have played for big clubs before and been successful. I have been promoted from League Two twice in my only two full seasons at this level, so am aiming to add a third here.

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"I have predominantly played right-back in a back four and, in a back three, I can play at right centre-back as well as right wing-back. Keeping clean sheets is the main aim, but I do like to get forward and contribute further up the pitch too.

"We have spoken about where he (the manager) sees me and where I feel most comfortable and we have the same ideas on where I play my best football."

Bantams boss Graham Alexander added: "Callum gives us great competition on the right-hand side of our team.

"He is also coming to an age now where he has got great experience while having his peak years ahead of him.

"He has played many games in the league above, and won promotion from this division twice."