Bradford City bring in defender Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates

Bradford have signed former Middlesbrough defender Matthew Bates on a three-month contract,

Davies, 28, was ruled out for around four months with a knee injury, and free agent Bates, 26, has been brought in as cover at Valley Parade.

Bates was contracted to Bristol City last season after leaving hometown club Boro, making 13 appearances.

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson included the ex-England under-19 defender in the squad for