Mclean: I'm on the up with Bradford City

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Aaron Mclean Aaron Mclean

Aaron Mclean expects to win promotion as a Bradford City player.

The striker, who signed this morning, is convinced that his new club match his own ambitions to get up from League One.

He said: "I wouldn’t have wanted to go to a club that’s just happy to sit in League One with no ambition. I wanted to go somewhere that wanted to achieve things.

"This club are on the up. If they weren't, they wouldn't be able to attract players from a higher league.

"I will be ambitious to the day I stop playing football. I always want to be striving to achieve something and this club have got a real chance of getting promoted to the Championship, if not this season then the next.

"I’ve signed a two and a half year contract here and in that time I expect to be getting promoted to the Championship."

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4:23pm Thu 16 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

Love this fellas attitude, very positive and I believe he will get his wish within his two and a half year deal at BCFC. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that BCFC could come with a late run to a top six finish this season, this division is that tight no one is going to run away with the minor top six positions.
Love this fellas attitude, very positive and I believe he will get his wish within his two and a half year deal at BCFC. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that BCFC could come with a late run to a top six finish this season, this division is that tight no one is going to run away with the minor top six positions. bcfc1903
  • Score: 25

4:42pm Thu 16 Jan 14

jamiejoe says...

Bring your shooting boots and play your part in bagging the goals and you will be supported all the way ... to the Championship we hope!!
Bring your shooting boots and play your part in bagging the goals and you will be supported all the way ... to the Championship we hope!! jamiejoe
  • Score: 6

5:00pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Michael Clayton says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Love this fellas attitude, very positive and I believe he will get his wish within his two and a half year deal at BCFC. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that BCFC could come with a late run to a top six finish this season, this division is that tight no one is going to run away with the minor top six positions.
It is not beyond the realms of possibility. As of 29th March 2013, the club was eleventh place in League Two: seven games remaining , with an eight point deficit and an inferior goal difference; just to make the final play-off spot.
(Also, remember being 0-2 down at half time on that Friday afternoon?).

This season, with twenty-one games to go and a nine point deficit (to the final play-off spot) there is a definite comparison.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Love this fellas attitude, very positive and I believe he will get his wish within his two and a half year deal at BCFC. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that BCFC could come with a late run to a top six finish this season, this division is that tight no one is going to run away with the minor top six positions.[/p][/quote]It is not beyond the realms of possibility. As of 29th March 2013, the club was eleventh place in League Two: seven games remaining , with an eight point deficit and an inferior goal difference; just to make the final play-off spot. (Also, remember being 0-2 down at half time on that Friday afternoon?). This season, with twenty-one games to go and a nine point deficit (to the final play-off spot) there is a definite comparison. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 6

5:01pm Thu 16 Jan 14

lawsonio123 says...

CITY have shown they are aiming high and deserve the total backing of the supporters indeed of the whole City. The new signing should fit in well with James Hanson and should score plenty between them.Promotion this season may be a big ask now but Wells has been replaced and our young players now can gain experience The future is looking well Thank you DIRECTORS you deserve success.
CITY have shown they are aiming high and deserve the total backing of the supporters indeed of the whole City. The new signing should fit in well with James Hanson and should score plenty between them.Promotion this season may be a big ask now but Wells has been replaced and our young players now can gain experience The future is looking well Thank you DIRECTORS you deserve success. lawsonio123
  • Score: 21

5:03pm Thu 16 Jan 14

theoutsider says...

Personally I think we should not expect the world from Aaron, give him space and let him show his pedigree. Reminds me of former Schalke 04 striker Gerald Asamoah, physical and capable of leading the line without a 'big fella' alongside. Not a like for like replacement for Wells for sure, and may encourage Parky to adopt more than one game plan.
Personally I think we should not expect the world from Aaron, give him space and let him show his pedigree. Reminds me of former Schalke 04 striker Gerald Asamoah, physical and capable of leading the line without a 'big fella' alongside. Not a like for like replacement for Wells for sure, and may encourage Parky to adopt more than one game plan. theoutsider
  • Score: 10

5:13pm Thu 16 Jan 14

London bcfc says...

Good signing. Should be a step above defenders in this league. I don't know much about the lad, has he got pace to burn? The Hull fans speak highly of him in the Hull daily mail. http://www.hulldaily
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Good signing. Should be a step above defenders in this league. I don't know much about the lad, has he got pace to burn? The Hull fans speak highly of him in the Hull daily mail. http://www.hulldaily mail.co.uk/Hull-City -transfer-talk-Janua ry-16th-Aaron-Mclean /story-20452969-deta il/story.html London bcfc
  • Score: 3

5:45pm Thu 16 Jan 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Right time for lift off....McLean, Hanson, Davies all critical....Yeates and Kennedy to be given more chances....Graham to pressurise Reid and Thompson and take over maybe? Need Jones to get his second wind....all help turn potential draws into certain victories....and we will finish sixth! Starts with victory in the next two matches this month....one away one home...go for it City!!
Right time for lift off....McLean, Hanson, Davies all critical....Yeates and Kennedy to be given more chances....Graham to pressurise Reid and Thompson and take over maybe? Need Jones to get his second wind....all help turn potential draws into certain victories....and we will finish sixth! Starts with victory in the next two matches this month....one away one home...go for it City!! bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 6

6:12pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Michael Clayton says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
CITY have shown they are aiming high and deserve the total backing of the supporters indeed of the whole City. The new signing should fit in well with James Hanson and should score plenty between them.Promotion this season may be a big ask now but Wells has been replaced and our young players now can gain experience The future is looking well Thank you DIRECTORS you deserve success.
Bit of well intentioned advice; stop jumping from one extreme to the other.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: CITY have shown they are aiming high and deserve the total backing of the supporters indeed of the whole City. The new signing should fit in well with James Hanson and should score plenty between them.Promotion this season may be a big ask now but Wells has been replaced and our young players now can gain experience The future is looking well Thank you DIRECTORS you deserve success.[/p][/quote]Bit of well intentioned advice; stop jumping from one extreme to the other. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -5

7:07pm Thu 16 Jan 14

lawsonio123 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
CITY have shown they are aiming high and deserve the total backing of the supporters indeed of the whole City. The new signing should fit in well with James Hanson and should score plenty between them.Promotion this season may be a big ask now but Wells has been replaced and our young players now can gain experience The future is looking well Thank you DIRECTORS you deserve success.
Bit of well intentioned advice; stop jumping from one extreme to the other.
I do not need your advice Thank you Did you live in Clayton when i did . Dont seem to remember you Take care and keep supporting City
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: CITY have shown they are aiming high and deserve the total backing of the supporters indeed of the whole City. The new signing should fit in well with James Hanson and should score plenty between them.Promotion this season may be a big ask now but Wells has been replaced and our young players now can gain experience The future is looking well Thank you DIRECTORS you deserve success.[/p][/quote]Bit of well intentioned advice; stop jumping from one extreme to the other.[/p][/quote]I do not need your advice Thank you Did you live in Clayton when i did . Dont seem to remember you Take care and keep supporting City lawsonio123
  • Score: 3

7:10pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Danger Mouse Bantam says...

Just got this from a mate a Posh fan, who I respect his footballing knowledge.......

Not happy. Our owner only said the other day that if he could have any player back it would be McLean. I take it we didn't go for him tho. He will get u bags of goals!!

The fact that u get the ball wide and put it in the box should suite him more than the the style we play at posh. He may be a short **** but he will out jump 90% of the defenders he comes up against! Superb in the air.
Just got this from a mate a Posh fan, who I respect his footballing knowledge....... Not happy. Our owner only said the other day that if he could have any player back it would be McLean. I take it we didn't go for him tho. He will get u bags of goals!! The fact that u get the ball wide and put it in the box should suite him more than the the style we play at posh. He may be a short **** but he will out jump 90% of the defenders he comes up against! Superb in the air. Danger Mouse Bantam
  • Score: 3

7:14pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Danger Mouse Bantam says...

Danger Mouse Bantam wrote:
Just got this from a mate a Posh fan, who I respect his footballing knowledge.......

Not happy. Our owner only said the other day that if he could have any player back it would be McLean. I take it we didn't go for him tho. He will get u bags of goals!!

The fact that u get the ball wide and put it in the box should suite him more than the the style we play at posh. He may be a short **** but he will out jump 90% of the defenders he comes up against! Superb in the air.
Another mate just sent me this......

Quality striker, great finisher. Guarenteed goals for you. AARON MCLEAN CLEAN CLEAN, GOAL MACHINE CHINE CHINE, AARON MCLEAN,,GOAL MACHINE!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Danger Mouse Bantam[/bold] wrote: Just got this from a mate a Posh fan, who I respect his footballing knowledge....... Not happy. Our owner only said the other day that if he could have any player back it would be McLean. I take it we didn't go for him tho. He will get u bags of goals!! The fact that u get the ball wide and put it in the box should suite him more than the the style we play at posh. He may be a short **** but he will out jump 90% of the defenders he comes up against! Superb in the air.[/p][/quote]Another mate just sent me this...... Quality striker, great finisher. Guarenteed goals for you. AARON MCLEAN CLEAN CLEAN, GOAL MACHINE CHINE CHINE, AARON MCLEAN,,GOAL MACHINE!!!! Danger Mouse Bantam
  • Score: 3

7:20pm Thu 16 Jan 14

irish bantam says...

bcfcincheshire wrote:
Right time for lift off....McLean, Hanson, Davies all critical....Yeates and Kennedy to be given more chances....Graham to pressurise Reid and Thompson and take over maybe? Need Jones to get his second wind....all help turn potential draws into certain victories....and we will finish sixth! Starts with victory in the next two matches this month....one away one home...go for it City!!
An attacking midfielder ....... Box to box now please
[quote][p][bold]bcfcincheshire[/bold] wrote: Right time for lift off....McLean, Hanson, Davies all critical....Yeates and Kennedy to be given more chances....Graham to pressurise Reid and Thompson and take over maybe? Need Jones to get his second wind....all help turn potential draws into certain victories....and we will finish sixth! Starts with victory in the next two matches this month....one away one home...go for it City!![/p][/quote]An attacking midfielder ....... Box to box now please irish bantam
  • Score: 4

8:24pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Andrew_ide says...

By the reports of his style of play, his build and experience he could even perform better than Wells as much as Wells pace scared defenders he was easily knocked off the ball in some tackles, I think McLean might just stand his ground a little better
By the reports of his style of play, his build and experience he could even perform better than Wells as much as Wells pace scared defenders he was easily knocked off the ball in some tackles, I think McLean might just stand his ground a little better Andrew_ide
  • Score: 5

9:33pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Cityman23 says...

All City fans are crossing their fingers and hoping Aaron McLean is the right player to fill Nahki's boots. We don't know how much of the money from the sale of 'NW' has been spent to recruit him, but we do know a few things.

At Peterborough, the place which is usually flagged up as being where 'AMc' was most prolific as a scorer he got 67 goals in 148 appearances between 2007 and 2011 (last appearance three years ago.)

At Hull, (2011-2014) where he featured in the year they were promoted to the Premiership he played 77 times and scored 9 times. After promotion, he fell out of contention.

From 2013-2014 he featured on loan for Ipswich and Birmingham, making 14 appearances in total and scoring 1 goal.

So between 2011 and 2014 he made 91 appearances for a Championship side and scored a total of 10 goals.

This indicates his BEST performances were three years ago with Peterboro' and he'd hit a 'ceiling' in terms of being prolific in the Ch'ship. Of course it could also indicate his effectiveness in scoring goals has been tailing off in recent years.

So we have to wait and see which it's going to be a) a player best suited to our level and capable of scoring lots of goals there OR b) a player who has passed the peak of his powers and is slowly in decline.

Hopefully it WILL be the former because the last we need is to have made a mistake with the (much smaller than expected) cash received for Nahki Wells. Perhaps 10 games from now we'll all be on the crest of a new wave, with 'NW' a distant memory and singing Aaron McLean's praises. There's quite a FEW things riding on it!!
All City fans are crossing their fingers and hoping Aaron McLean is the right player to fill Nahki's boots. We don't know how much of the money from the sale of 'NW' has been spent to recruit him, but we do know a few things. At Peterborough, the place which is usually flagged up as being where 'AMc' was most prolific as a scorer he got 67 goals in 148 appearances between 2007 and 2011 (last appearance three years ago.) At Hull, (2011-2014) where he featured in the year they were promoted to the Premiership he played 77 times and scored 9 times. After promotion, he fell out of contention. From 2013-2014 he featured on loan for Ipswich and Birmingham, making 14 appearances in total and scoring 1 goal. So between 2011 and 2014 he made 91 appearances for a Championship side and scored a total of 10 goals. This indicates his BEST performances were three years ago with Peterboro' and he'd hit a 'ceiling' in terms of being prolific in the Ch'ship. Of course it could also indicate his effectiveness in scoring goals has been tailing off in recent years. So we have to wait and see which it's going to be a) a player best suited to our level and capable of scoring lots of goals there OR b) a player who has passed the peak of his powers and is slowly in decline. Hopefully it WILL be the former because the last we need is to have made a mistake with the (much smaller than expected) cash received for Nahki Wells. Perhaps 10 games from now we'll all be on the crest of a new wave, with 'NW' a distant memory and singing Aaron McLean's praises. There's quite a FEW things riding on it!! Cityman23
  • Score: 3

9:43pm Thu 16 Jan 14

tinytoonster says...

Cityman23 wrote:
All City fans are crossing their fingers and hoping Aaron McLean is the right player to fill Nahki's boots. We don't know how much of the money from the sale of 'NW' has been spent to recruit him, but we do know a few things.

At Peterborough, the place which is usually flagged up as being where 'AMc' was most prolific as a scorer he got 67 goals in 148 appearances between 2007 and 2011 (last appearance three years ago.)

At Hull, (2011-2014) where he featured in the year they were promoted to the Premiership he played 77 times and scored 9 times. After promotion, he fell out of contention.

From 2013-2014 he featured on loan for Ipswich and Birmingham, making 14 appearances in total and scoring 1 goal.

So between 2011 and 2014 he made 91 appearances for a Championship side and scored a total of 10 goals.

This indicates his BEST performances were three years ago with Peterboro' and he'd hit a 'ceiling' in terms of being prolific in the Ch'ship. Of course it could also indicate his effectiveness in scoring goals has been tailing off in recent years.

So we have to wait and see which it's going to be a) a player best suited to our level and capable of scoring lots of goals there OR b) a player who has passed the peak of his powers and is slowly in decline.

Hopefully it WILL be the former because the last we need is to have made a mistake with the (much smaller than expected) cash received for Nahki Wells. Perhaps 10 games from now we'll all be on the crest of a new wave, with 'NW' a distant memory and singing Aaron McLean's praises. There's quite a FEW things riding on it!!
i was going to say the same but i would have been shot down as cup half empty!!
he was good in lower league.
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: All City fans are crossing their fingers and hoping Aaron McLean is the right player to fill Nahki's boots. We don't know how much of the money from the sale of 'NW' has been spent to recruit him, but we do know a few things. At Peterborough, the place which is usually flagged up as being where 'AMc' was most prolific as a scorer he got 67 goals in 148 appearances between 2007 and 2011 (last appearance three years ago.) At Hull, (2011-2014) where he featured in the year they were promoted to the Premiership he played 77 times and scored 9 times. After promotion, he fell out of contention. From 2013-2014 he featured on loan for Ipswich and Birmingham, making 14 appearances in total and scoring 1 goal. So between 2011 and 2014 he made 91 appearances for a Championship side and scored a total of 10 goals. This indicates his BEST performances were three years ago with Peterboro' and he'd hit a 'ceiling' in terms of being prolific in the Ch'ship. Of course it could also indicate his effectiveness in scoring goals has been tailing off in recent years. So we have to wait and see which it's going to be a) a player best suited to our level and capable of scoring lots of goals there OR b) a player who has passed the peak of his powers and is slowly in decline. Hopefully it WILL be the former because the last we need is to have made a mistake with the (much smaller than expected) cash received for Nahki Wells. Perhaps 10 games from now we'll all be on the crest of a new wave, with 'NW' a distant memory and singing Aaron McLean's praises. There's quite a FEW things riding on it!![/p][/quote]i was going to say the same but i would have been shot down as cup half empty!! he was good in lower league. tinytoonster
  • Score: -2

10:26pm Thu 16 Jan 14

cordo2179 says...

am liking this guy already our new 50 cent in da house bring on the championship
am liking this guy already our new 50 cent in da house bring on the championship cordo2179
  • Score: 0

10:33pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Victor Clayton says...

looks like a good signing. i hope we play to his strengths, rather that ask him to mimic the roll Wells played. oppotunity for a change in style?
looks like a good signing. i hope we play to his strengths, rather that ask him to mimic the roll Wells played. oppotunity for a change in style? Victor Clayton
  • Score: 6

11:40pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

Andrew_ide wrote:
By the reports of his style of play, his build and experience he could even perform better than Wells as much as Wells pace scared defenders he was easily knocked off the ball in some tackles, I think McLean might just stand his ground a little better
Very true Andrew. However, although McLean is physically stronger than Wells, is he anywhere near as quick? Pacy players that turn 30 don't tend to be as quick as pacy 24 year olds, especially after an injury that writes off the best part of 2 seasons.

Here's hoping he's an exception to the rule
[quote][p][bold]Andrew_ide[/bold] wrote: By the reports of his style of play, his build and experience he could even perform better than Wells as much as Wells pace scared defenders he was easily knocked off the ball in some tackles, I think McLean might just stand his ground a little better[/p][/quote]Very true Andrew. However, although McLean is physically stronger than Wells, is he anywhere near as quick? Pacy players that turn 30 don't tend to be as quick as pacy 24 year olds, especially after an injury that writes off the best part of 2 seasons. Here's hoping he's an exception to the rule Waynus1971
  • Score: 2

9:58am Fri 17 Jan 14

christinetowell456@btinternet.com says...

I hope he has got a long contract cos he wont see promotion this year or next year
I hope he has got a long contract cos he wont see promotion this year or next year christinetowell456@btinternet.com
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Fri 17 Jan 14

cookie_brighton says...

christinetowell456@b
tinternet.com
wrote:
I hope he has got a long contract cos he wont see promotion this year or next year
how do you know that christine, do you have a crystal ball.....ha ha silly prediction to make by looking at the progress of city over the last year, Wembely twice in 3 months resulting in promotion to league 1, then sitting in the first 6 places at the top for most of this season, only dropping lower because of injuries and Wells lack of interest here.
Obviously you must be a Weeds fan
CTID
[quote][p][bold]christinetowell456@b tinternet.com[/bold] wrote: I hope he has got a long contract cos he wont see promotion this year or next year[/p][/quote]how do you know that christine, do you have a crystal ball.....ha ha silly prediction to make by looking at the progress of city over the last year, Wembely twice in 3 months resulting in promotion to league 1, then sitting in the first 6 places at the top for most of this season, only dropping lower because of injuries and Wells lack of interest here. Obviously you must be a Weeds fan CTID cookie_brighton
  • Score: 1

12:21pm Fri 17 Jan 14

cookie_brighton says...

christinetowell456@b
tinternet.com
wrote:
I hope he has got a long contract cos he wont see promotion this year or next year
how do you know that christine, do you have a crystal ball.....ha ha silly prediction to make by looking at the progress of city over the last year, Wembley twice in 3 months resulting in promotion to league 1, then sitting in the first 6 places at the top of league 1 for most of this season, only dropping lower because of injuries and Wells lack of interest here.
Obviously you must be a Weeds fan
CTID
[quote][p][bold]christinetowell456@b tinternet.com[/bold] wrote: I hope he has got a long contract cos he wont see promotion this year or next year[/p][/quote]how do you know that christine, do you have a crystal ball.....ha ha silly prediction to make by looking at the progress of city over the last year, Wembley twice in 3 months resulting in promotion to league 1, then sitting in the first 6 places at the top of league 1 for most of this season, only dropping lower because of injuries and Wells lack of interest here. Obviously you must be a Weeds fan CTID cookie_brighton
  • Score: 0

12:25pm Fri 17 Jan 14

cookie_brighton says...

posted twice as i noticed i had spelt wembley wrong lol
CTID
Happy new year to all my Bradford friends, this includes Lenny Berry ( ex city gent mascot) who I grew up with.
posted twice as i noticed i had spelt wembley wrong lol CTID Happy new year to all my Bradford friends, this includes Lenny Berry ( ex city gent mascot) who I grew up with. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 1

1:06pm Fri 17 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Love this fellas attitude, very positive and I believe he will get his wish within his two and a half year deal at BCFC. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that BCFC could come with a late run to a top six finish this season, this division is that tight no one is going to run away with the minor top six positions.
It is not beyond the realms of possibility. As of 29th March 2013, the club was eleventh place in League Two: seven games remaining , with an eight point deficit and an inferior goal difference; just to make the final play-off spot.
(Also, remember being 0-2 down at half time on that Friday afternoon?).

This season, with twenty-one games to go and a nine point deficit (to the final play-off spot) there is a definite comparison.
Absolutely, remember the game against Southend, great come back , we didn't need a winner lol. Funny thing was that after the Exeter away game most folk thought we had blown it. Football is indeed a funny old game!! Onwards and upwards!!
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Love this fellas attitude, very positive and I believe he will get his wish within his two and a half year deal at BCFC. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that BCFC could come with a late run to a top six finish this season, this division is that tight no one is going to run away with the minor top six positions.[/p][/quote]It is not beyond the realms of possibility. As of 29th March 2013, the club was eleventh place in League Two: seven games remaining , with an eight point deficit and an inferior goal difference; just to make the final play-off spot. (Also, remember being 0-2 down at half time on that Friday afternoon?). This season, with twenty-one games to go and a nine point deficit (to the final play-off spot) there is a definite comparison.[/p][/quote]Absolutely, remember the game against Southend, great come back , we didn't need a winner lol. Funny thing was that after the Exeter away game most folk thought we had blown it. Football is indeed a funny old game!! Onwards and upwards!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 0

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