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James Hanson keen to see Bradford City beef up squad

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: James Hanson is one of the few City players currently under contract James Hanson is one of the few City players currently under contract

James Hanson believes City need more strength in depth to make a concerted challenge next season.

Phil Parkinson will this week step up his discussions with the large number of out-of-contract players at Valley Parade.

Fans were shocked to hear on Friday that skipper Gary Jones would not be offered a new deal.

Garry Thompson and Matthew Bates had already been informed they will not be kept on and Andy Gray agreed to cancel his deal early.

With the future of so many others currently up in the air, City will have a very different look for their second campaign in League One.

Hanson, one of the small group still currently under contract, feels that a reshuffle is required.

He said: “We need to move forward next year. Really we should have been higher this season.

“We’re just as good as anyone in this league. When we had our strongest team out, we were more than capable of being up there – and we showed that at the start.

“But we lost one or two players through injuries and it disrupted the season. It was frustrating to see us slide down a bit.

“We’ve not picked up the results for one reason or another when we’ve had injuries.

“It’s been hard and I think the gaffer does need to strengthen overall, not just the first 11. It’s a team game and there are going to be players missing.”

Hanson has recently been on a course of antibiotics in the latest bid to cure the inflammation that has plagued his groin and lower back. He was limited to only one start in the last nine games.

But the striker is already anticipating returning stronger in pre-season and he is confident City will be better equipped by then to prepare for a proper shot at the top six.

“As a team, we’ve moved a long way forward in the past couple of years,” said Hanson.

“I don’t know what ideas the gaffer has got but there are definitely going to be a few changes. It will be weird because we had a really good spirit and close bond in the squad.

“But you’ve got to understand it from the gaffer’s point of view as well. If we’d had our strongest starting line-up this year, we’d have been competing in the play-offs.

“There is definitely stuff we need to improve on. What we’ve learned from this year should stand us in good stead.

“You’ve got to work harder to win games – but we’ve beaten some good teams like Brentford, so we are well capable. Next year might be slightly easier because of the clubs that you’re losing from the division.

“This is new for us. Probably half the squad were playing in League One for the first time, so it’s a good platform for next year. I’m looking forward to it.”

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7:21am Mon 12 May 14

OLDLAD says...

How about getting the players to turnup for every game. Some of the games this past season were awful, it was as though the players couldn't be bothered. Consistancy is what is really required and hard graft.
How about getting the players to turnup for every game. Some of the games this past season were awful, it was as though the players couldn't be bothered. Consistancy is what is really required and hard graft. OLDLAD
  • Score: 105

9:50am Mon 12 May 14

lawsonio123 says...

OLDLAD wrote:
How about getting the players to turnup for every game. Some of the games this past season were awful, it was as though the players couldn't be bothered. Consistancy is what is really required and hard graft.
In reply to Old Lad Players are not ROBOTS and even the best will have off days this is human nature you cannot always play well although lack of effort should not be tolerated and as you say effort should always be put in To give a classic example Rooney does not reach his club form when playing for England but usually puts in the effort. Our players are not as gifted so when they have a off day it stands out more. It has not been a bad season so now let us look forward to next season and stop being negative
[quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: How about getting the players to turnup for every game. Some of the games this past season were awful, it was as though the players couldn't be bothered. Consistancy is what is really required and hard graft.[/p][/quote]In reply to Old Lad Players are not ROBOTS and even the best will have off days this is human nature you cannot always play well although lack of effort should not be tolerated and as you say effort should always be put in To give a classic example Rooney does not reach his club form when playing for England but usually puts in the effort. Our players are not as gifted so when they have a off day it stands out more. It has not been a bad season so now let us look forward to next season and stop being negative lawsonio123
  • Score: -130

10:26am Mon 12 May 14

Peter300 says...

OLDLAD wrote:
How about getting the players to turnup for every game. Some of the games this past season were awful, it was as though the players couldn't be bothered. Consistancy is what is really required and hard graft.
Some of the games from the previous season could be considered awful. Very few teams can achieve consistency in every game. It's sometimes a failing of the very top sides as you will have noticed from results throughout the past season for example.
[quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: How about getting the players to turnup for every game. Some of the games this past season were awful, it was as though the players couldn't be bothered. Consistancy is what is really required and hard graft.[/p][/quote]Some of the games from the previous season could be considered awful. Very few teams can achieve consistency in every game. It's sometimes a failing of the very top sides as you will have noticed from results throughout the past season for example. Peter300
  • Score: -20

11:08am Mon 12 May 14

Statler4 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
OLDLAD wrote:
How about getting the players to turnup for every game. Some of the games this past season were awful, it was as though the players couldn't be bothered. Consistancy is what is really required and hard graft.
In reply to Old Lad Players are not ROBOTS and even the best will have off days this is human nature you cannot always play well although lack of effort should not be tolerated and as you say effort should always be put in To give a classic example Rooney does not reach his club form when playing for England but usually puts in the effort. Our players are not as gifted so when they have a off day it stands out more. It has not been a bad season so now let us look forward to next season and stop being negative
Why has the above post received such a negative reaction? - it's spot on.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: How about getting the players to turnup for every game. Some of the games this past season were awful, it was as though the players couldn't be bothered. Consistancy is what is really required and hard graft.[/p][/quote]In reply to Old Lad Players are not ROBOTS and even the best will have off days this is human nature you cannot always play well although lack of effort should not be tolerated and as you say effort should always be put in To give a classic example Rooney does not reach his club form when playing for England but usually puts in the effort. Our players are not as gifted so when they have a off day it stands out more. It has not been a bad season so now let us look forward to next season and stop being negative[/p][/quote]Why has the above post received such a negative reaction? - it's spot on. Statler4
  • Score: -65

11:44am Mon 12 May 14

OLDLAD says...

It's ok having an off day now and again but when half the team has an off day at the same time then you have to question it. How many games did we only start to play, as we can, in the second half? Why didn't they do it in the first half as well? Not being negative in my thoughts as for the first season back in div 1 I thought we did very well overall.
It's ok having an off day now and again but when half the team has an off day at the same time then you have to question it. How many games did we only start to play, as we can, in the second half? Why didn't they do it in the first half as well? Not being negative in my thoughts as for the first season back in div 1 I thought we did very well overall. OLDLAD
  • Score: 37

12:31pm Mon 12 May 14

Waynus1971 says...

To be fair, I can't understand anyone that questions this group of players' commitment and effort. Yes, there have been games when certain players have 'gone missing', but overall they have been excellent!!!

The players aren't brilliant and that's why some are being released. However, that's not the same as saying, "the players couldn't be bothered"!!!!
To be fair, I can't understand anyone that questions this group of players' commitment and effort. Yes, there have been games when certain players have 'gone missing', but overall they have been excellent!!! The players aren't brilliant and that's why some are being released. However, that's not the same as saying, "the players couldn't be bothered"!!!! Waynus1971
  • Score: -34

4:15pm Mon 12 May 14

lawsonio123 says...

Statler4 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
OLDLAD wrote:
How about getting the players to turnup for every game. Some of the games this past season were awful, it was as though the players couldn't be bothered. Consistancy is what is really required and hard graft.
In reply to Old Lad Players are not ROBOTS and even the best will have off days this is human nature you cannot always play well although lack of effort should not be tolerated and as you say effort should always be put in To give a classic example Rooney does not reach his club form when playing for England but usually puts in the effort. Our players are not as gifted so when they have a off day it stands out more. It has not been a bad season so now let us look forward to next season and stop being negative
Why has the above post received such a negative reaction? - it's spot on.
because some clown is marking they need re-education Thank you for your backing lawsonio
[quote][p][bold]Statler4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: How about getting the players to turnup for every game. Some of the games this past season were awful, it was as though the players couldn't be bothered. Consistancy is what is really required and hard graft.[/p][/quote]In reply to Old Lad Players are not ROBOTS and even the best will have off days this is human nature you cannot always play well although lack of effort should not be tolerated and as you say effort should always be put in To give a classic example Rooney does not reach his club form when playing for England but usually puts in the effort. Our players are not as gifted so when they have a off day it stands out more. It has not been a bad season so now let us look forward to next season and stop being negative[/p][/quote]Why has the above post received such a negative reaction? - it's spot on.[/p][/quote]because some clown is marking they need re-education Thank you for your backing lawsonio lawsonio123
  • Score: -124

4:19pm Mon 12 May 14

tyker7745 says...

looking forward to City keeping the ball better next season and that includes cutting out all the keeper punts up field from his hand or from goal kicks. Play the ball out from the back and retain possession and go forward as quickly as possible with interchanging passes and movement off the ball.
looking forward to City keeping the ball better next season and that includes cutting out all the keeper punts up field from his hand or from goal kicks. Play the ball out from the back and retain possession and go forward as quickly as possible with interchanging passes and movement off the ball. tyker7745
  • Score: -19

8:40am Tue 13 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
You can tell it's close season; there's some right dicks on here at the moment. Almost every post with masses of "thumbs down". It doesn't even seem to matter what has been written.
By the very nature of those "right dicks" it is pointless even looking at the score. Unless someone can put up a valid post (with it be agreeable or otherwise) nothing else really matters. As is seen, there is no correlation between the 'score' and the quality of the contribution.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: You can tell it's close season; there's some right dicks on here at the moment. Almost every post with masses of "thumbs down". It doesn't even seem to matter what has been written.[/p][/quote]By the very nature of those "right dicks" it is pointless even looking at the score. Unless someone can put up a valid post (with it be agreeable or otherwise) nothing else really matters. As is seen, there is no correlation between the 'score' and the quality of the contribution. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -9

7:51am Wed 14 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

Dear T&A. Do you need a magnifying glass?
Dear T&A. Do you need a magnifying glass? Michael Clayton
  • Score: -1

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