Both bosses expect positive reception for McArdle as he returns to Bradford

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Scunthorpe United boss Graham Alexander and his Bradford City counterpart Stuart McCall expect Iron defender Rory McArdle to receive a warm welcome as he returns to Valley Parade for the first time since leaving the Bantams this summer.

McArdle enjoyed a five year stint at Bradford who were hopeful of keeping him, but were unable to compete with Scunthorpe’s offer of a three-year contract

Iron boss Graham Alexander said: “He was a fantastic player for Bradford and everyone who knows him knows what a fantastic professional he is and what a quality man he is away from the pitch

“He was part of a Bradford team that saw some special times and was one of the main instigators there. We were delighted when he decided to join us during the summer and I’m sure he’ll get a positive reception.

“He’ll be well aware of their qualities as well and what we’ll face on Tuesday. It’s great to have that knowledge in the group, and he’ll be as motivated as he is to win every game.”

Bradford boss McCall added: “Rory was a superb servant for the football club and he was certainly a tremendous professional during my time with him last season.

“Like Billy Clarke with Charlton Athletic a few weeks earlier, I’m sure Rory will get the warm reception he deserves from the City supporters on Tuesday.”

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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