ADAM Henley has secured a return to English football, teaming up with former Rovers boss Gary Bowyer at Bradford City.

The 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a one-year contract and arrives following a spell with Major League Soccer outfit Real Salt Lake.

Henley made the move to the MLS side in January 2018 after six months without a club following his release from Rovers.

But he left the Utah-based club after failing to make a single appearance this season, having spent time on loan with Real Monarchs in the USL Championship division.

Henley made his Rovers debut in a Premier League fixture at Wigan in November 2011, the first of what would be 94 appearances.

He made his debut for Wales in 2015, one of two caps he has won, but he struggled with injuries before his departure, playing just three matches in 2016/17 before his release that summer.

Bowyer, manager of Rovers between March 2013 and November 2015, was delighted to sign up Henley as the Bantams prepare for life in League Two.

“Adam is someone I know well from my time at Blackburn. I am really pleased we have been able to bring him here,” Bowyer told his club’s website.

“He burst onto the scene at 17, playing at Anfield and Old Trafford in the space of a few days, before earning a senior Wales call-up.

“Adam has pace to burn and can operate in both full-back positions. With a full pre-season under his belt, he will become a real asset to our club.”

Henley will look to kick on during pre-season in a bid to make an impact at first-team level having been short of game-time of late.

But he says the opportunity to sign for Bradford, as well as linking up with Bowyer, is an exciting opportunities.

He said: “I am over the moon to be here and am looking forward to putting good performances in for this team.

“Signing for such a big club was a no-brainer for me.

“Gary (Bowyer) was one of the main attractions. I do not think there is another manager out there who knows me as well as him.

“The supporters were also a huge factor in my decision to sign for City.

“To have this kind of support from the fans gives players a huge boost.

“The main aim, from my point of view, is helping to get this club back to where it belongs. That has to be the only goal.”