Bairns striker Stewart follows Mitchell to Bradford

Mark Stewart is on his way to Bradford
Mark Stewart is on his way to Bradford
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Falkirk striker Mark Stewart has signed for Bradford City.

And, as Heraldsport revealed earlier this month, midfielder Chris Mitchell has followed him to Yorkshire.

Both players were out of contract from yesterday.

Scotland Under-21 internationalist Mitchell was among the glut of 18 players released by Steven Pressley in May.

Bradford boss Peter Jackson told his club’s website: “Chris is very versatile.

“His presence in the squad will be a real benefit given his versatility and he is extremely hungry and determined to succeed in England.

“His deliveries from set-pieces should also prove to be a great asset to us.”

Mitchell moved at the end of his contract, but Stewart’s situation is slightly complicated.

Falkirk offered him a new deal last year in order to protect the club’s right to compensation.

A deal for a fee will now have to be struck between the Bairns and the Bantams.

Bradford boss Jackson added: “Mark is a really exciting prospect.

“He can score a variety of goals - I’ve seen him score with his left foot, right foot and head.

“The pair are really keen to impress and are both looking forward to the challenge.

“These are two players I’m really excited about.”

Stewart’s loss is a blow to Pressley and Lee Bullen who wanted to keep the striker to spearhead next season’s attack.

And, as Heraldsport revealed this week, any compensation for Stewart will not filter through to Pressley for first-team re-inforcements, leaving him light in attack for tomorrow’s friendly at Alloa.

His main striker is now 18-year-old Ally Graham who socred in a closed doors friendly with Kilmarnock on Tuesday and netted 18 goals last season with the Academy team.