Ben Richards-Everton will leave Accrington Stanley having agreed a deal with Bradford City.

Stanley announced last month they were in talks with the defender over a new deal having played 26 times last season.

The 27-year-old played 55 times in all for the Reds after his move from Dunfermline in 2017.

However, he will move on this summer having agreed a deal with the Bantams, relegated from League One this season, until at least the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

Richards-Everton is the first signing for former Rovers boss Gary Bowyer who took over the reins at the Northern Commercials Stadium earlier this year.

He will officially become a Bradford City player on July 1 - when his contract with Stanley expires.

“I am absolutely delighted to be here. When I first found out about the interest, I spoke to Gary (Bowyer) and was keen to come and sign for such a fantastic club,” he said.

“I played against Bradford last season, for Accrington, and the stature of the club was clear to see. It shouldn’t be in this position, going into League Two, but the manger will get the right players in and we will look to move straight back up.

“We had a great changing room at Accrington in the season we got promoted from League Two. It is something you need.

“I like to be dominant on the field and win every game I play in. I will do everything I can for this club.

“I am really looking forward to playing in front of a huge crowd here when I get the opportunity to. I saw it on New Year’s Day and the atmosphere was fantastic. The supporters here are a real credit to Bradford City.”

Stanley wished Richards-Everton well in a statement on their website which said the defender rejected the offer of a new deal.

City manager Bowyer added: “Ben is a good character and I was very impressed when I met him.

“He will give us some size in our back four, he is quick and can also operate at left-back.

“Ben knows how to get out of League Two and we need that kind of mentality in our dressing room.

“He had attracted attention from other clubs but Ben expressed a desire to come and play here.

“Ben was excited by the number of season tickets we have sold and is a player who will thrive in great atmosphere.”