The striker spent a short spell with the Highlanders in the ongoing season.

EFL League Two outfit Bradford City AFC signed Matt Derbyshire on an 18-month contract on Friday. The experienced striker was part of NorthEast United FC for the 2022-23 Indian Super League season. The former Rotherham United forward leaves Indian shores after playing eight matches for the Highlanders.

He reunites with Mark Hughes at his new club from their time at Blackburn Rovers. “I had my best time in football working under Mark Hughes when we were at Blackburn Rovers, so I am looking forward to being with him and Glyn (Hodges, his assistant) again,” said Derbyshire speaking to Bradford City AFC after completing the move. 

Matt Derbyshire showed a willingness to help NorthEast United but did not get enough support. On many occasions, the striker cut an isolated figure in attack for the Highlanders. He will hope that a change of surroundings can bring back his form. The fans of the ISL club will be disappointed nonetheless to see a striker of his quality leave.

The Indian Super League experience

Matt Derbyshire has played for plenty of clubs in his career. The 36-year-old represented clubs like Nottingham Forest, Birmingham City, Blackpool, Oldham Athletic and Olympiacos amongst others. His most recent experience with ISL outfit NorthEast United was brief and one that did not produce the best results. 

The striker played eight matches for NEUFC in which he scored one goal. He played 562 minutes of football in the ISL. In retrospect, Derbyshire did not get enough time to settle and make his impact on Indian football. Furthermore, the struggles of the Highlanders with one poor result after another did not do any favours.

Matt Derbyshire brings a lot of experience to Bradford City AFC. “I have been lucky enough to play in the Premier League and Champions League, so am looking to bring that experience here and help Bradford City in whichever way I can,” he mentioned.

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