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Craig Mackail-Smith says ex-Peterborough strike partner Aaron Mclean could be a fans' favourite at Bradford City
City target Aaron Mclean is tipped to become a big hit with the Valley Parade faithful if he signs.
The Bantams are still mulling over whether to take the plunge on the Hull striker as they line up a replacement for Nahki Wells.
As revealed yesterday, the Telegraph & Argus understands that terms have been agreed but no final decision has been made to sanction a potentially significant financial commitment.
There are other targets also being considered and, with the transfer window only halfway through, the club may choose to take their time.
Mclean bagged goals for fun in the lower divisions but has found it tougher going in recent seasons at a higher level.
But supporters would have no need to fear on that score, according to his former strike partner Craig Mackail-Smith.
The pair formed a lethal partnership at Peterborough as they powered to back-to-back promotions.
And Mackail-Smith is convinced that Mclean could rediscover that form.
He told the T&A: “Aaron would be a top signing. I’ve no doubt at all that he will hit the ground running and start scoring goals straight away. He is a very confident lad.
“He believes in his own ability and I think he can do it.
“Bradford are a fantastic club to sign for with great supporters and I know the fans would get right behind him.
“It’s been very difficult for him the last few seasons but give him the opportunity again and he will become a big fans’ favourite.
“He’s 30 now and just wants to be playing. You don’t want to be sat on the bench just coming on for five or ten minutes here and there.
“Going to a club the size of Bradford would be a fantastic opportunity.”
Mclean and Mackail-Smith enjoyed two prolific seasons together as Posh breezed through the bottom two divisions in 2008 and 2009, scoring 96 goals between them.
Mclean won the League Two golden boot with 29 – 33 in all competitions – and Mackail-Smith led the charts the following season with 26.
Mackail-Smith, who now plays for Brighton, said: “A few people thought we wouldn’t work together because we were pretty similar but we hit it off brilliantly.
“We got on really well off the pitch as well as on it which really helped. We were never greedy, we wanted each other to score.
“Aaron is very strong, sharp and a very good finisher. He’s also unbelievable in the air – he has a fantastic leap for a small guy.
“He was top League Two goalscorer and then got a lot for us when we went up again.
“He was doing really well at Peterborough but then went to Hull and was in and out the team. He never got the chance to build up that momentum you need to go on a scoring run.
“It’s a little bit more difficult to step up. He’s not had those opportunities in the last couple of years and the chance to play regular football week in, week out.
“But he’s proved himself at this level and I know he will get back to how he is capable of playing.”
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