A long-running transfer saga finally ended on Saturday when Paul Anderson joined Bradford City just a week before the new season curtain-raiser.
The Melton footballer signed a two-year deal with the League One club after being released by Ipswich Town at the end of last season.
The former Liverpool and Nottingham Forest winger helped the tractor Boys reach last season’s Championship Play-offs and scored in the semi-final defeat to Norwich.
But the 27-year-old was among several Town players not to have their contracts renewed, and joined the Bantams on a free transfer.
It marked the end of a seven-year stay in the second tier of English football for Anderson, but he was relieved to secure a move to last year’s FA Cup quarter-finalists ahead of the new campaign.
He said: “It’s been an interesting summer. I have conversations with a few Championship clubs and that’s where I wanted to be.
“Things just dragged on and dragged on and it got to a week from the season so I knew I had to get something done.”
He played 38 times for Ipswich last season, providing seven assists and two goals, and made 71 appearances in total for Mick McCarthy’s side in his two-year spell at Portman Road.
Anderson’s only previous experience of League One came in 2007/08 when he was loaned out to Swansea City from Liverpool and helped Roberto Martinez’s side to win the title.
He will hope the ambitious Yorkshire club, who also reached the League Cup final two seasons ago, can earn him a swift return to the Championship.
“I met the (Bradford City) gaffer (Phil Parkinson) four to six weeks ago and he has been absolutely spot on with me from start to finish,” he added.
“He has been very understanding of my situation and totally understands I want to play as high as possible.
“When I knew I had to get something sorted there were a few League One clubs that came in, but there was never really anyone else I was interested in because Bradford is a massive club and it’s not too far off where I have been for the last few seasons apart from the division difference.”