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Rory McArdle has yet to reach his peak, says Bantams boss Phil Parkinson

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: TIME ON HIS SIDE: Rory McArdle  turned 27 this month TIME ON HIS SIDE: Rory McArdle turned 27 this month

Phil Parkinson is convinced Rory McArdle’s best years are still ahead of him as he applauded the defender’s decision to stay.

The City chief was thrilled to get the centre half’s signature on a new deal this week – the first of the club’s out-of-contract players to pledge their future to Valley Parade.

McArdle, who has played 99 games for the club, has been a mainstay in City’s rise over the past two seasons and formed a solid partnership with Andrew Davies.

And Parkinson believes the Northern Ireland international, who was 27 at the start of the month, will continue to get better.

He said: “Rory has played a big part for us last year and this, he’s a full international, and he’s a player I’m expecting to keep improving. He’s very consistent.

“At his age, centre halves reach their peak in the next three years. I’m delighted that’s going to be with us.

“Last season was the first time he’d played in League One. He’d been in Scotland and in the bottom division but this was going up a level.

“Suddenly you’re faced with more intelligent strikers posing different problems. It’s been a learning curve for Rory but he has improved.

“There are still areas of his game he can work on but I’m sure he will do that. He has got the right attitude to keep getting better.

“He is also ambitious, he wants to keep moving upwards and hopefully he can achieve that with us.”

Davies was the only regular in the back four not out of contract this summer. While City wait for Stephen Darby and James Meredith to mull over their offers, they at least have their first-choice central pairing in place.

City boasted one of the tightest defences in League One last season and Park-inson believes the middle duo were a cornerstone of that.

He said: “The record when those two play together is outstanding. I wanted to keep that in place.

“It’s not often you get centre halves with the athleticism that Rory has got. It’s so important to have his mobility in the back four.

“He’s a really good character and a great lad off the pitch as well. He’s good to have around the training ground and the type we want to have in the squad.”

McArdle appeared 43 times last season, scoring twice, and also established a regular spot in Michael O’Neill’s international squad.

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2:13pm Sat 24 May 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

I'm surprised he was kept on, I thought he was found out on a few occasions.
I'm surprised he was kept on, I thought he was found out on a few occasions. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 1

2:23pm Sat 24 May 14

Olivermac says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
I'm surprised he was kept on, I thought he was found out on a few occasions.
I agree however he is good in the air but from a distribution point view he needs to improve never seems to play the ball out to the wingers it's just one big slog upfield he may well have been under instruction so maybe we may see a different attitude this year.
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised he was kept on, I thought he was found out on a few occasions.[/p][/quote]I agree however he is good in the air but from a distribution point view he needs to improve never seems to play the ball out to the wingers it's just one big slog upfield he may well have been under instruction so maybe we may see a different attitude this year. Olivermac
  • Score: 11

4:23pm Sat 24 May 14

albioff says...

I agree he may have been acting under instructions but if mr rhodes wants to see a more attack minded team next season then p.p will have to send out different instructions, i presume he understands and is capable of this.
I agree he may have been acting under instructions but if mr rhodes wants to see a more attack minded team next season then p.p will have to send out different instructions, i presume he understands and is capable of this. albioff
  • Score: -6

12:41pm Sun 25 May 14

torreyman says...

I would like to know what his peak is !!!
I would like to know what his peak is !!! torreyman
  • Score: 10

7:37pm Sun 25 May 14

fatbloke says...

Decent old fashioned centre half, but please give an easy ball to a full back or something as the distribution is very suspect!! Stick to defending! Even if Parky instructs the long ball let someone else do it.
Decent old fashioned centre half, but please give an easy ball to a full back or something as the distribution is very suspect!! Stick to defending! Even if Parky instructs the long ball let someone else do it. fatbloke
  • Score: 0

7:36am Mon 26 May 14

bcfc1903 says...

Excellent defender, never bought into the long ball crap, the last thing we need is defenders being caught in possession. RM is quite capable of passing to BCFC players that are open, but when teams pack midfield as was the case on most occasions last season then obviously he was told to get it to Thompson or Hanson using the aerial route.

An improvement in the keeper department would make BCFC even harder to break down, Oscar Jansson would be a great acquisition!!
Excellent defender, never bought into the long ball crap, the last thing we need is defenders being caught in possession. RM is quite capable of passing to BCFC players that are open, but when teams pack midfield as was the case on most occasions last season then obviously he was told to get it to Thompson or Hanson using the aerial route. An improvement in the keeper department would make BCFC even harder to break down, Oscar Jansson would be a great acquisition!! bcfc1903
  • Score: -2

4:31pm Mon 26 May 14

lawsonio123 says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Excellent defender, never bought into the long ball crap, the last thing we need is defenders being caught in possession. RM is quite capable of passing to BCFC players that are open, but when teams pack midfield as was the case on most occasions last season then obviously he was told to get it to Thompson or Hanson using the aerial route.

An improvement in the keeper department would make BCFC even harder to break down, Oscar Jansson would be a great acquisition!!
Our Keeper is Good Keeper look at his Clean Sheets or do you not know about Goal Keeping suggest you either get off his back or apply for his job yourself then you may come to see the position of Goal Keeping is harder than you think City are lucky to have him Keep Posting BUT LEAVE OUR GOALIE ALONE
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Excellent defender, never bought into the long ball crap, the last thing we need is defenders being caught in possession. RM is quite capable of passing to BCFC players that are open, but when teams pack midfield as was the case on most occasions last season then obviously he was told to get it to Thompson or Hanson using the aerial route. An improvement in the keeper department would make BCFC even harder to break down, Oscar Jansson would be a great acquisition!![/p][/quote]Our Keeper is Good Keeper look at his Clean Sheets or do you not know about Goal Keeping suggest you either get off his back or apply for his job yourself then you may come to see the position of Goal Keeping is harder than you think City are lucky to have him Keep Posting BUT LEAVE OUR GOALIE ALONE lawsonio123
  • Score: -5

11:50pm Mon 26 May 14

bcfc1903 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Excellent defender, never bought into the long ball crap, the last thing we need is defenders being caught in possession. RM is quite capable of passing to BCFC players that are open, but when teams pack midfield as was the case on most occasions last season then obviously he was told to get it to Thompson or Hanson using the aerial route.

An improvement in the keeper department would make BCFC even harder to break down, Oscar Jansson would be a great acquisition!!
Our Keeper is Good Keeper look at his Clean Sheets or do you not know about Goal Keeping suggest you either get off his back or apply for his job yourself then you may come to see the position of Goal Keeping is harder than you think City are lucky to have him Keep Posting BUT LEAVE OUR GOALIE ALONE
It's just an opinion, personally I think we can do better, I don't rate JM and Oscar Jansson imo is a far far better goalkeeper.

I'm also a fan of Dean Furman, let's get him as well!!!!

Both quality players that would bring plenty to the BCFC table and be a big improvement in quality in the areas they play.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Excellent defender, never bought into the long ball crap, the last thing we need is defenders being caught in possession. RM is quite capable of passing to BCFC players that are open, but when teams pack midfield as was the case on most occasions last season then obviously he was told to get it to Thompson or Hanson using the aerial route. An improvement in the keeper department would make BCFC even harder to break down, Oscar Jansson would be a great acquisition!![/p][/quote]Our Keeper is Good Keeper look at his Clean Sheets or do you not know about Goal Keeping suggest you either get off his back or apply for his job yourself then you may come to see the position of Goal Keeping is harder than you think City are lucky to have him Keep Posting BUT LEAVE OUR GOALIE ALONE[/p][/quote]It's just an opinion, personally I think we can do better, I don't rate JM and Oscar Jansson imo is a far far better goalkeeper. I'm also a fan of Dean Furman, let's get him as well!!!! Both quality players that would bring plenty to the BCFC table and be a big improvement in quality in the areas they play. bcfc1903
  • Score: 3

7:43am Tue 27 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Excellent defender, never bought into the long ball crap, the last thing we need is defenders being caught in possession. RM is quite capable of passing to BCFC players that are open, but when teams pack midfield as was the case on most occasions last season then obviously he was told to get it to Thompson or Hanson using the aerial route.

An improvement in the keeper department would make BCFC even harder to break down, Oscar Jansson would be a great acquisition!!
Our Keeper is Good Keeper look at his Clean Sheets or do you not know about Goal Keeping suggest you either get off his back or apply for his job yourself then you may come to see the position of Goal Keeping is harder than you think City are lucky to have him Keep Posting BUT LEAVE OUR GOALIE ALONE
It's just an opinion, personally I think we can do better, I don't rate JM and Oscar Jansson imo is a far far better goalkeeper.

I'm also a fan of Dean Furman, let's get him as well!!!!

Both quality players that would bring plenty to the BCFC table and be a big improvement in quality in the areas they play.
McLaughlin and McArdle were mainstays of a defence that was the seventh tightest in the league. Also, McLaughlin ranked seventh in terms of the number of clean sheets. This was necessary considering City were ranked only fourteenth in terms of goal output.

Whilst others seem to want to target these players, it was their efforts in hard-fought and low-scoring draws that kept City afloat.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Excellent defender, never bought into the long ball crap, the last thing we need is defenders being caught in possession. RM is quite capable of passing to BCFC players that are open, but when teams pack midfield as was the case on most occasions last season then obviously he was told to get it to Thompson or Hanson using the aerial route. An improvement in the keeper department would make BCFC even harder to break down, Oscar Jansson would be a great acquisition!![/p][/quote]Our Keeper is Good Keeper look at his Clean Sheets or do you not know about Goal Keeping suggest you either get off his back or apply for his job yourself then you may come to see the position of Goal Keeping is harder than you think City are lucky to have him Keep Posting BUT LEAVE OUR GOALIE ALONE[/p][/quote]It's just an opinion, personally I think we can do better, I don't rate JM and Oscar Jansson imo is a far far better goalkeeper. I'm also a fan of Dean Furman, let's get him as well!!!! Both quality players that would bring plenty to the BCFC table and be a big improvement in quality in the areas they play.[/p][/quote]McLaughlin and McArdle were mainstays of a defence that was the seventh tightest in the league. Also, McLaughlin ranked seventh in terms of the number of clean sheets. This was necessary considering City were ranked only fourteenth in terms of goal output. Whilst others seem to want to target these players, it was their efforts in hard-fought and low-scoring draws that kept City afloat. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -2

12:47pm Tue 27 May 14

bcfc1903 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Excellent defender, never bought into the long ball crap, the last thing we need is defenders being caught in possession. RM is quite capable of passing to BCFC players that are open, but when teams pack midfield as was the case on most occasions last season then obviously he was told to get it to Thompson or Hanson using the aerial route.

An improvement in the keeper department would make BCFC even harder to break down, Oscar Jansson would be a great acquisition!!
Our Keeper is Good Keeper look at his Clean Sheets or do you not know about Goal Keeping suggest you either get off his back or apply for his job yourself then you may come to see the position of Goal Keeping is harder than you think City are lucky to have him Keep Posting BUT LEAVE OUR GOALIE ALONE
It's just an opinion, personally I think we can do better, I don't rate JM and Oscar Jansson imo is a far far better goalkeeper.

I'm also a fan of Dean Furman, let's get him as well!!!!

Both quality players that would bring plenty to the BCFC table and be a big improvement in quality in the areas they play.
McLaughlin and McArdle were mainstays of a defence that was the seventh tightest in the league. Also, McLaughlin ranked seventh in terms of the number of clean sheets. This was necessary considering City were ranked only fourteenth in terms of goal output.

Whilst others seem to want to target these players, it was their efforts in hard-fought and low-scoring draws that kept City afloat.
If JM so good, how come no one has ever come in for him, we can do better, how good would our defence be with a better keeper? I'm surmising he will have been offered little in respect to an improved offer as the budget has been cut, let's see if there are any takers if he decides to leave. Personally I can't see him leaving as no one will take him other than non league clubs. He's a cheap option, it'll depend on how Parkinson wants to spend his player budget.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Excellent defender, never bought into the long ball crap, the last thing we need is defenders being caught in possession. RM is quite capable of passing to BCFC players that are open, but when teams pack midfield as was the case on most occasions last season then obviously he was told to get it to Thompson or Hanson using the aerial route. An improvement in the keeper department would make BCFC even harder to break down, Oscar Jansson would be a great acquisition!![/p][/quote]Our Keeper is Good Keeper look at his Clean Sheets or do you not know about Goal Keeping suggest you either get off his back or apply for his job yourself then you may come to see the position of Goal Keeping is harder than you think City are lucky to have him Keep Posting BUT LEAVE OUR GOALIE ALONE[/p][/quote]It's just an opinion, personally I think we can do better, I don't rate JM and Oscar Jansson imo is a far far better goalkeeper. I'm also a fan of Dean Furman, let's get him as well!!!! Both quality players that would bring plenty to the BCFC table and be a big improvement in quality in the areas they play.[/p][/quote]McLaughlin and McArdle were mainstays of a defence that was the seventh tightest in the league. Also, McLaughlin ranked seventh in terms of the number of clean sheets. This was necessary considering City were ranked only fourteenth in terms of goal output. Whilst others seem to want to target these players, it was their efforts in hard-fought and low-scoring draws that kept City afloat.[/p][/quote]If JM so good, how come no one has ever come in for him, we can do better, how good would our defence be with a better keeper? I'm surmising he will have been offered little in respect to an improved offer as the budget has been cut, let's see if there are any takers if he decides to leave. Personally I can't see him leaving as no one will take him other than non league clubs. He's a cheap option, it'll depend on how Parkinson wants to spend his player budget. bcfc1903
  • Score: 4

2:12pm Tue 27 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Excellent defender, never bought into the long ball crap, the last thing we need is defenders being caught in possession. RM is quite capable of passing to BCFC players that are open, but when teams pack midfield as was the case on most occasions last season then obviously he was told to get it to Thompson or Hanson using the aerial route.

An improvement in the keeper department would make BCFC even harder to break down, Oscar Jansson would be a great acquisition!!
Our Keeper is Good Keeper look at his Clean Sheets or do you not know about Goal Keeping suggest you either get off his back or apply for his job yourself then you may come to see the position of Goal Keeping is harder than you think City are lucky to have him Keep Posting BUT LEAVE OUR GOALIE ALONE
It's just an opinion, personally I think we can do better, I don't rate JM and Oscar Jansson imo is a far far better goalkeeper.

I'm also a fan of Dean Furman, let's get him as well!!!!

Both quality players that would bring plenty to the BCFC table and be a big improvement in quality in the areas they play.
McLaughlin and McArdle were mainstays of a defence that was the seventh tightest in the league. Also, McLaughlin ranked seventh in terms of the number of clean sheets. This was necessary considering City were ranked only fourteenth in terms of goal output.

Whilst others seem to want to target these players, it was their efforts in hard-fought and low-scoring draws that kept City afloat.
If JM so good, how come no one has ever come in for him, we can do better, how good would our defence be with a better keeper? I'm surmising he will have been offered little in respect to an improved offer as the budget has been cut, let's see if there are any takers if he decides to leave. Personally I can't see him leaving as no one will take him other than non league clubs. He's a cheap option, it'll depend on how Parkinson wants to spend his player budget.
I realise that you have not criticised McLaughlin. What you have stated is that you think Jansson is better.

However, other fans to remember some blinding saves when holding McLaughlin to task for the odd mistake. There seems to be a lot of criticism aimed in his direction when he has has not. in fact, done an awful lot wrong.

My point is not about trying to prove that he is "so good" but to counter some of the one-way criticism aimed at him.

As it is about opinions, I would not be sorry to see Drury at left -back. I think he is a better defensive option than Meredith. There were occasions last season when the opponents cut inside Meredith before smashing it past McLaughlin.

With Drury in-situ, Meredith would be better deployed in a more advanced role.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Excellent defender, never bought into the long ball crap, the last thing we need is defenders being caught in possession. RM is quite capable of passing to BCFC players that are open, but when teams pack midfield as was the case on most occasions last season then obviously he was told to get it to Thompson or Hanson using the aerial route. An improvement in the keeper department would make BCFC even harder to break down, Oscar Jansson would be a great acquisition!![/p][/quote]Our Keeper is Good Keeper look at his Clean Sheets or do you not know about Goal Keeping suggest you either get off his back or apply for his job yourself then you may come to see the position of Goal Keeping is harder than you think City are lucky to have him Keep Posting BUT LEAVE OUR GOALIE ALONE[/p][/quote]It's just an opinion, personally I think we can do better, I don't rate JM and Oscar Jansson imo is a far far better goalkeeper. I'm also a fan of Dean Furman, let's get him as well!!!! Both quality players that would bring plenty to the BCFC table and be a big improvement in quality in the areas they play.[/p][/quote]McLaughlin and McArdle were mainstays of a defence that was the seventh tightest in the league. Also, McLaughlin ranked seventh in terms of the number of clean sheets. This was necessary considering City were ranked only fourteenth in terms of goal output. Whilst others seem to want to target these players, it was their efforts in hard-fought and low-scoring draws that kept City afloat.[/p][/quote]If JM so good, how come no one has ever come in for him, we can do better, how good would our defence be with a better keeper? I'm surmising he will have been offered little in respect to an improved offer as the budget has been cut, let's see if there are any takers if he decides to leave. Personally I can't see him leaving as no one will take him other than non league clubs. He's a cheap option, it'll depend on how Parkinson wants to spend his player budget.[/p][/quote]I realise that you have not criticised McLaughlin. What you have stated is that you think Jansson is better. However, other fans to remember some blinding saves when holding McLaughlin to task for the odd mistake. There seems to be a lot of criticism aimed in his direction when he has has not. in fact, done an awful lot wrong. My point is not about trying to prove that he is "so good" but to counter some of the one-way criticism aimed at him. As it is about opinions, I would not be sorry to see Drury at left -back. I think he is a better defensive option than Meredith. There were occasions last season when the opponents cut inside Meredith before smashing it past McLaughlin. With Drury in-situ, Meredith would be better deployed in a more advanced role. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -1

3:53pm Tue 27 May 14

bcfc1903 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Excellent defender, never bought into the long ball crap, the last thing we need is defenders being caught in possession. RM is quite capable of passing to BCFC players that are open, but when teams pack midfield as was the case on most occasions last season then obviously he was told to get it to Thompson or Hanson using the aerial route.

An improvement in the keeper department would make BCFC even harder to break down, Oscar Jansson would be a great acquisition!!
Our Keeper is Good Keeper look at his Clean Sheets or do you not know about Goal Keeping suggest you either get off his back or apply for his job yourself then you may come to see the position of Goal Keeping is harder than you think City are lucky to have him Keep Posting BUT LEAVE OUR GOALIE ALONE
It's just an opinion, personally I think we can do better, I don't rate JM and Oscar Jansson imo is a far far better goalkeeper.

I'm also a fan of Dean Furman, let's get him as well!!!!

Both quality players that would bring plenty to the BCFC table and be a big improvement in quality in the areas they play.
McLaughlin and McArdle were mainstays of a defence that was the seventh tightest in the league. Also, McLaughlin ranked seventh in terms of the number of clean sheets. This was necessary considering City were ranked only fourteenth in terms of goal output.

Whilst others seem to want to target these players, it was their efforts in hard-fought and low-scoring draws that kept City afloat.
If JM so good, how come no one has ever come in for him, we can do better, how good would our defence be with a better keeper? I'm surmising he will have been offered little in respect to an improved offer as the budget has been cut, let's see if there are any takers if he decides to leave. Personally I can't see him leaving as no one will take him other than non league clubs. He's a cheap option, it'll depend on how Parkinson wants to spend his player budget.
I realise that you have not criticised McLaughlin. What you have stated is that you think Jansson is better.

However, other fans to remember some blinding saves when holding McLaughlin to task for the odd mistake. There seems to be a lot of criticism aimed in his direction when he has has not. in fact, done an awful lot wrong.

My point is not about trying to prove that he is "so good" but to counter some of the one-way criticism aimed at him.

As it is about opinions, I would not be sorry to see Drury at left -back. I think he is a better defensive option than Meredith. There were occasions last season when the opponents cut inside Meredith before smashing it past McLaughlin.

With Drury in-situ, Meredith would be better deployed in a more advanced role.
I remember a blinding save JM made at Burton in the playoffs, crucial but is he a good keeper, I'd say average. It's all opinions, I hope we go for someone better but we'll see what we can afford in terms of the whole squad. Oscar Jansson and Dean Furman....... Doyle and Fuman in central midfield would be a mouth watering prospect, I'm sure a manager of Phil Parkinson's calibre has his own ideas. Can't see Drury signing unless Meredith decides to go elsewhere as there is no way he'll be deployed left midfield.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Excellent defender, never bought into the long ball crap, the last thing we need is defenders being caught in possession. RM is quite capable of passing to BCFC players that are open, but when teams pack midfield as was the case on most occasions last season then obviously he was told to get it to Thompson or Hanson using the aerial route. An improvement in the keeper department would make BCFC even harder to break down, Oscar Jansson would be a great acquisition!![/p][/quote]Our Keeper is Good Keeper look at his Clean Sheets or do you not know about Goal Keeping suggest you either get off his back or apply for his job yourself then you may come to see the position of Goal Keeping is harder than you think City are lucky to have him Keep Posting BUT LEAVE OUR GOALIE ALONE[/p][/quote]It's just an opinion, personally I think we can do better, I don't rate JM and Oscar Jansson imo is a far far better goalkeeper. I'm also a fan of Dean Furman, let's get him as well!!!! Both quality players that would bring plenty to the BCFC table and be a big improvement in quality in the areas they play.[/p][/quote]McLaughlin and McArdle were mainstays of a defence that was the seventh tightest in the league. Also, McLaughlin ranked seventh in terms of the number of clean sheets. This was necessary considering City were ranked only fourteenth in terms of goal output. Whilst others seem to want to target these players, it was their efforts in hard-fought and low-scoring draws that kept City afloat.[/p][/quote]If JM so good, how come no one has ever come in for him, we can do better, how good would our defence be with a better keeper? I'm surmising he will have been offered little in respect to an improved offer as the budget has been cut, let's see if there are any takers if he decides to leave. Personally I can't see him leaving as no one will take him other than non league clubs. He's a cheap option, it'll depend on how Parkinson wants to spend his player budget.[/p][/quote]I realise that you have not criticised McLaughlin. What you have stated is that you think Jansson is better. However, other fans to remember some blinding saves when holding McLaughlin to task for the odd mistake. There seems to be a lot of criticism aimed in his direction when he has has not. in fact, done an awful lot wrong. My point is not about trying to prove that he is "so good" but to counter some of the one-way criticism aimed at him. As it is about opinions, I would not be sorry to see Drury at left -back. I think he is a better defensive option than Meredith. There were occasions last season when the opponents cut inside Meredith before smashing it past McLaughlin. With Drury in-situ, Meredith would be better deployed in a more advanced role.[/p][/quote]I remember a blinding save JM made at Burton in the playoffs, crucial but is he a good keeper, I'd say average. It's all opinions, I hope we go for someone better but we'll see what we can afford in terms of the whole squad. Oscar Jansson and Dean Furman....... Doyle and Fuman in central midfield would be a mouth watering prospect, I'm sure a manager of Phil Parkinson's calibre has his own ideas. Can't see Drury signing unless Meredith decides to go elsewhere as there is no way he'll be deployed left midfield. bcfc1903
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