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McLaughlin departs Bradford

Bradford have parted company with Jon McLaughlin just a day after signing fellow goalkeeper Jordan Pickford on loan.

McLaughlin played 137 times for the Bantams after joining at the start of the 2008/09 campaign, including 48 appearances last term, and had featured in all three of City's pre-season friendlies, but now leaves after six years at Valley Parade.

"Jon has been a great servant to the club and we would have ideally liked to see him stay, but financial constraints mean it hasn't been possible to strike a deal that is right for both parties," manager Phil Parkinson told Bradford's official website. "He leaves with our best wishes."

McLaughlin, 26, who played under the previous regimes of Stuart McCall, Peter Taylor and Peter Jackson and came off the bench to replace the dismissed Matt Duke in the 2013 Capital One Cup final loss to Swansea, is now expected to join a League Two side in time for the new season.