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Henderson rejects new deal

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 13/04/05 9:58am

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Bradford City are in search of a new goalkeeper after number one Paul Henderson rejected their offer of a new three-year deal.

The Australian custodian, who was a target of Championship club Nottingham Forest, joined the West Yorkshire outfit on a one-year deal back in the summer and has impressed the Valley Parade club enough to earn a long-term contract.

However, the former Northern Spirit keeper looks set to find pastures new in the summer after rejecting the club's fresh contract offer.

Chairman Julian Rhodes was disappointed with Henderson's decision, but stated that the club will not jeopardise their finances as it had done in the past.

"The offer was the maximum we could offer and, as a club, we will not commit ourselves to contracts we cannot afford," Rhodes told the Yorkshire Post.

"Bradford City have done that in the past and we won't be making the same mistake again.

"I would not be surprised if Paul can earn more money elsewhere, but we will never again jeopardise the future of this club by offering contracts we cannot possibly sustain.

"We set Paul a deadline of Wednesday because we had to know one way or the other what his plans were.

"Colin has other goalkeepers in mind and he can now turn his attention to those."

Henderson is the third Bradford player that will head for the exit door, with Nicky Summerbee and Peter Atherton having already rejected new deals with the club.

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