Bradford City have announced their head of recruitment Greg Abbott will be stepping away from the club for a period of time to undergo treatment for prostate cancer.
The former Bantams player and Carlisle United manager is to have surgery.
Abbott says the decision to step away was a difficult one but has put plans in place to ensure the club continues to run smoothly in his absence.
“Having known about my condition for the past five to six weeks I have prepared a list of players for the manager and chairman in every position ahead of next season,” Abbott said.
“I take my role very seriously and am passionate about developing Bradford City on and off the field. It’s my club.
“It may have been a tough season but recruitment is an ongoing process and actually it never stops, neither do I.
“Reluctantly I’ll be taking some time away from the club but I’ll be back.
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“Rest assured I have planned everything in my absence from pre-season friendly fixtures, games for scouts to watch, players to observe and chase so we’ll be well placed come the end of the season.”
Chairman Edin Rahic added: ‘We will support Greg and his family in every way possible. We will welcome Greg back as soon as he is fit to do so.”
Bradford have announced senior scout Ian Miller and U18 and talent coach Martin Drury will assist in the “day to day recruitment process” in Abbott’s absence.