Bradford City AFC has announced the acquisition of Clarke Oduor, marking the club’s inaugural summer signing with a three-year contract.
Oduor, a Kenyan international renowned for his versatility as a winger, wing-back, or full-back, joins the University of Bradford Stadium following his departure from Barnsley, where his tenure lasted until the summer of 2026.
Having emerged from Leeds United’s academy in 2017, the 23-year-old embarked on a new journey in South Yorkshire in 2019, amassing an impressive tally of 57 appearances for the Tykes.
During the previous season, Oduor made 14 appearances on loan for Hartlepool United, showcasing his talent by finding the back of the net in a 2-1 defeat against Swindon Town in October.
Expressing his enthusiasm, Oduor exclaimed, “I am thrilled to join this illustrious club with a passionate fanbase. The anticipation to kickstart this new chapter in my career is exhilarating. With a three-year contract in place, I am eagerly looking forward to contributing towards the team’s upward journey.”
Recalling his experience, Oduor continued, “Having signed for Barnsley four years ago, I have acquired a substantial level of experience. The opportunity to explore different facets of the game while on loan has further deepened my understanding of the league. Now, I feel adequately prepared to relish my time here.”
When asked about his playing style, Oduor replied, “My game is centered around excitement. I thrive on being involved in the action, creating opportunities for myself and my teammates. My objective is to keep the fans on the edge of their seats. This fresh start feels invigorating, and I eagerly await the chance to bond with my new teammates and commence our journey together.”
City manager Mark Hughes conveyed his delight, stating, “We are overjoyed to secure the services of Clarke, our first signing of the summer. His versatility and dynamism bring a plethora of attributes to our squad, supplemented by his extensive experience at both club and international levels despite his young age.”
Hughes further commented on Oduor’s background, saying, “His time at Barnsley, competing in the Championship and League One, coupled with his impressive loan spell at Hartlepool last season, exemplifies his threat on the field and his ability to perform at higher echelons of the sport.”