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Alan Sheehan will shine says fellow Bradford City new boy

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DEFENDER Alan Sheehan can make an impact for City at both ends of the field, according to fellow new boy Gary Liddle.

The two recruits are lined up for some involvement in the opening friendly at Guiseley this afternoon.

Fans will get their first glimpse of Sheehan and Liddle as well as the other summer signings Billy Knott and Billy Clarke in the traditional curtain-raiser at Nethermoor.

Left back Sheehan followed Liddle to Valley Parade after the pair had been instrumental in helping Notts County stay in League One.

Sheehan's arrival will provide strong competition to James Meredith for the starting slot and midfielder Liddle reckons the Irishman can prove just as handy for the team going forward.

Liddle said: "Sheez guarantees a good ten assists a season with his dead-ball deliveries. He possesses a great left foot.

"He also scored seven goals last season, albeit most of those were free-kicks and penalties – but you still need to score them.

"I thought I'd got rid of him when I came here! But he's a good lad, a very good left back, and I had nothing but good words to say when the manager asked me about him.

"I think he's a terrific acquisition for the football club and you'll see that."

Sheehan rounded off the campaign by scoring in the final two games, signing off with a penalty at Oldham that rubber-stamped the Magpies' League One status.

County boss Shaun Derry, who gave Sheehan the captain's armband in February, believes the former Leeds and Leicester defender possesses the ability to be playing at a higher level.

Notts were keen to hang on to Sheehan and Liddle after beating the drop on the final day of the season. But having completed the survival mission, Liddle thought it was the right time to move on.

He said: "Staying up last year was massive and the manager, Shaun Derry, and Greg Abbott deserve a lot of credit. We worked so hard for them.

"We didn't play the most attractive football but picked up a lot of results in the final few months and got the job done.

"It finished a good two years for me there and I won plenty of personal accolades as well, which were nice to pick up.

"But I felt I needed a new challenge and now I can't wait to get going."

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8:19am Sat 12 Jul 14

tyker2 says...

a mutual love in between ex Notts county players! Slow news day obviously
a mutual love in between ex Notts county players! Slow news day obviously tyker2
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8:33am Sat 12 Jul 14

Baby Bantam says...

First choice over mezza?
First choice over mezza? Baby Bantam
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9:06am Sat 12 Jul 14

Michael Clayton says...

Baby Bantam wrote:
First choice over mezza?
Listening to a Radio Leeds interview last night, Sheehan said he has played half his games at left-centre back and half at left-back.

Parky will pick the team according to form, availability and match conditions (more or less what Sheehan also said!).
[quote][p][bold]Baby Bantam[/bold] wrote: First choice over mezza?[/p][/quote]Listening to a Radio Leeds interview last night, Sheehan said he has played half his games at left-centre back and half at left-back. Parky will pick the team according to form, availability and match conditions (more or less what Sheehan also said!). Michael Clayton
  • Score: 4

9:28am Sat 12 Jul 14

silverbantam says...

If he has played left centre back then he is perfect cover for Davies
If he has played left centre back then he is perfect cover for Davies silverbantam
  • Score: 4

10:02am Sat 12 Jul 14

Bradford Lad BD9 says...

Yawn yawn yawn
Yawn yawn yawn Bradford Lad BD9
  • Score: -17

11:12am Sat 12 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Well he's not going to say he's garbage.
I'm looking forward to this season but l'm a bit concerned about the goalkeeper and winger departments.
Well he's not going to say he's garbage. I'm looking forward to this season but l'm a bit concerned about the goalkeeper and winger departments. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 2

12:05pm Sat 12 Jul 14

LaCe78 says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
Well he's not going to say he's garbage.
I'm looking forward to this season but l'm a bit concerned about the goalkeeper and winger departments.
I agree, I'd have thought we'd have had a few more of the '5 others' in by now. A few of the names mentioned have since signed up with other teams and we still have a squad of 16 (ish) going into pre season. Are these other 5 coming in purely from the pool of trialists or do we think that PP has targets not on trial, and the trialists will come in purely to supplement the squad after these targets have signed up?!
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: Well he's not going to say he's garbage. I'm looking forward to this season but l'm a bit concerned about the goalkeeper and winger departments.[/p][/quote]I agree, I'd have thought we'd have had a few more of the '5 others' in by now. A few of the names mentioned have since signed up with other teams and we still have a squad of 16 (ish) going into pre season. Are these other 5 coming in purely from the pool of trialists or do we think that PP has targets not on trial, and the trialists will come in purely to supplement the squad after these targets have signed up?! LaCe78
  • Score: -3

10:48am Mon 14 Jul 14

dannbradfc says...

the way meredith gets forward he could fill in at a wide left berth should it be needed. versatality will be required due to the size of squad.....
the way meredith gets forward he could fill in at a wide left berth should it be needed. versatality will be required due to the size of squad..... dannbradfc
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