Stuart McCall criticises James Vaughan after striker leaves Bradford

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Bradford boss Stuart McCall has criticised striker James Vaughan’s attitude following the termination of his contract.

Vaughan, 32, joined the Bantams last summer and made 27 appearances before joining Tranmere on loan.

He expressed a desire to leave Valley Parade, and McCall was disappointed with the way the experienced forward went about getting his deal finished early.

McCall told Bradford’s website: “I was always keen to keep James and had explained to him how much I wanted him to be a key component in what we want to build this season.

“I have had multiple conversations with him and they have always been open and honest.

“But, as time progressed and we got nearer to returning to training, I sensed negativity from him. Once we did come back, it was clear to see that no part of him wanted to be involved with us.

“We saw in training that James had no desire to be here. We tried to get him motivated and excited but, having seen him up close, it became obvious we could not have his negativity around the group, and his departure became inevitable.

“After spending time at Tranmere Rovers last season, it became apparent to James that he would rather have more time to spend with his young family, with more convenient travel arrangements.

“I can understand his reasons but, once they were made clear, we had no option but to bring his time at the club to a conclusion.

“We cannot afford to have anyone here who is not totally committed, especially if they do not show active drive to help take the club forward.”

Vaughan signed a two-year contract with Tranmere later on Tuesday.

He told Rovers’ website: “I have wanted to come back for a while. I am really happy to be a Tranmere Rovers player.

“When I signed on loan at the beginning of the year, the bigger picture was to join on a permanent contract.

“Since lockdown, we have been working really hard to make it happen and I can’t wait to join up with the team and get going.”

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