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The UK-based defender didn't fancy trying his luck back home, preferring to remain at Valley Parade despite having no guarantees over regular first-team action

James Meredith says that 'playing in Australia is something you do when you're a bit older' after turning down offers from Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City to stay at Bradford City.

The 26-year-old left-back has agreed a one-year extension at the League One side, where he faces competition for his stiff place from new signing Alan Sheehan.

Speaking to local newspaper the Telegraph & Argus, Meredith - who was born in WA but came through the academy at Derby County and has never played professionally in Australia - claimed he rejected approaches from the two A-League sides over concerns about the standard of the competition.

"There was interest from other clubs – there was strong interest in Australia. Melbourne Heart (City) and Western Sydney Wanderers offered me good deals, probably better," he said.

"But it wasn't right for me. I like playing in England and I like playing for Bradford.

"Maybe playing in Australia is something you do when you're a bit older and you want to go back. It's a bit slower.

"But I love the fast pace here and the competitiveness. I feel I've got unfinished business at this club."

Meredith left Derby in 2007 without making a senior appearance and has since played for Sligo Rovers, Shrewsbury Town and York City.

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