Bradford City midfielder Matty Dolan determined not to fluff his lines in run-in

Twenty one-year-old Matty Dolan sees Valley Parade as a ‘great platform’ to develop his promising career

Phil Parkinson must decide whether to rest skipper Gary Jones for another game or, if he chooses to play him, drop either Matty Dolan or Nathan Doyle to the bench

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

Matty Dolan sees every City game now as an audition which could earn him a leading role next season.

With so many of the current squad out of contract in the summer, a period of change looks on the cards at Valley Parade.

Some of the familiar faces from recent years are likely to move on and be replaced by younger, hungry hopefuls.

Dolan is keen to be part of that new breed when his current loan deal turns into a permanent one.

The left-footed central midfielder has given City good balance in the last two games when he has deputised for Gary Jones.

And given the chance, he intends to reveal more of that potential in the remaining weeks before he becomes a full-time employee.

Dolan said: “I want to enjoy my run-in to the end of the season and hopefully play plenty of football.

“My aim is to try and keep my place, get a couple of goals and create a bit of excitement.

“I want to show everyone what I can do and come back next season fit and strong. It will be good.”

The Middlesbrough youngster never cracked it with his hometown club but enjoyed good loan spells with Yeovil and Hartlepool. Now he is delighted to find a proper base.

“I don’t want to massively go into things at Middlesbrough. I got promoted with Yeovil last year, went out and played (at Hartlepool) this season.

“Obviously it’s frustrating not to be given your chance but what better place to put some roots down than in front of 13,000 fans every week?

“That’s my objective as a young footballer coming through in the game. The most important thing is getting your name out there and building up experience and this is a great platform for me.

“I’ve spoken to the gaffer and the only way for this club is forward from now on. I want to play a key part in doing that.”

Phil Parkinson wanted to sign Dolan full-time on transfer deadline day in January but Boro dug their heels in and City had to opt for a loan in the first place.

But the 21-year-old was promised that he would get that permanent contract once his current one expires in June.

He added: “We’d wanted to get it done initially but the gaffer’s been supportive of me right through. It’s nice to know that somebody has taken an interest like that.

“If you believe in your own ability, you don’t really worry about contracts but it’s always good to have that security there.”

League One security remains the priority for now as City look to mop up the points needed to ensure they will avoid a late scramble.

Dolan said: “I’m fairly new to this but you’d think another six points would do it. Another couple of wins and we’ve got nothing to worry about.

“Some people aren’t sure of the difference between League Two and League One but it is such a step up.

“I played 25 games in League Two for the first half of the season and then to come here was a big difference. There’s no denying that.

“But we can use the experience we’ve gained to push on.

“It’s about getting building blocks in place for a big season next year.”

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10:29am Fri 21 Mar 14

lawsonio123 says...

A Good young signing for City he has the right attitude
A Good young signing for City he has the right attitude lawsonio123
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12:20pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Victor Clayton says...

It will interesting to see who plays in the middle tomorrow. the old or the new!
It will interesting to see who plays in the middle tomorrow. the old or the new! Victor Clayton
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12:58pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Stevie-C says...

has to be an unchanged line-up for the 3rd game on the bounce. If not its madness
has to be an unchanged line-up for the 3rd game on the bounce. If not its madness Stevie-C
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1:03pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
It will interesting to see who plays in the middle tomorrow. the old or the new!
For me.. It's gotta be the new.. Until his injury in the Gills game him and Doyle bossed the midfield
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: It will interesting to see who plays in the middle tomorrow. the old or the new![/p][/quote]For me.. It's gotta be the new.. Until his injury in the Gills game him and Doyle bossed the midfield Plastic Bantam
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1:20pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Victor Clayton says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote: It will interesting to see who plays in the middle tomorrow. the old or the new!
For me.. It's gotta be the new.. Until his injury in the Gills game him and Doyle bossed the midfield
me too.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: It will interesting to see who plays in the middle tomorrow. the old or the new![/p][/quote]For me.. It's gotta be the new.. Until his injury in the Gills game him and Doyle bossed the midfield[/p][/quote]me too. Victor Clayton
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4:09pm Fri 21 Mar 14

minkiebantam says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote: It will interesting to see who plays in the middle tomorrow. the old or the new!
For me.. It's gotta be the new.. Until his injury in the Gills game him and Doyle bossed the midfield
me too.
Me Three. Got to keep the balance right. Jones deserves applause for his efforts this year, but its time for a bit of young blood to step up and keep the momentum going until the end of the season. After all, he will probably be part of the new look city starting 11 next year. Lets bed him in now ready to go again in 2015.
CTID!!
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: It will interesting to see who plays in the middle tomorrow. the old or the new![/p][/quote]For me.. It's gotta be the new.. Until his injury in the Gills game him and Doyle bossed the midfield[/p][/quote]me too.[/p][/quote]Me Three. Got to keep the balance right. Jones deserves applause for his efforts this year, but its time for a bit of young blood to step up and keep the momentum going until the end of the season. After all, he will probably be part of the new look city starting 11 next year. Lets bed him in now ready to go again in 2015. CTID!! minkiebantam
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9:02am Sat 22 Mar 14

Waynus1971 says...

It just concerns me that PP often ploughs along without change until it is enforced, irrespective of how we are doing. I'm not knocking him for this, because it shows he is loyal to his players and gives them plenty of chances to reward the manager for that loyalty.

Did anyone know that it was Brian McDermott, for example, that called Parkie about Mclean's availability? Had he not done so, our left-back slot would still be contested by McHugh & Bates.

Earlier this season, McHugh couldn't get a look-in. Even when we were, once again, down to the bare bones, he still didn't get a chance to play. It was only when Mezza got injured that PP threw him in and ended up switching positions with Bates.

Now we have the same situation with Dolan. We keep hearing how his left-footed approach gives us balance in the centre of the park, yet PP refused to give him a fair crack until Jones' illness. Dolan's inclusion seems to have even revigorated Doyle in the last couple of weeks.

It does beg the question, if Reach is recalled after today's game and Yeates has to be given an extended run on the left, will his form pick up? If anything was to happen to Mclean, could Bennett play alongside Hanson (a la Wells), with De Vita getting a run of games on the right? Would PP be prepared to give Taylor a few games alongside Davies before the end of the season? Afterall, he signed him to replace Nelson then never gave him a chance. He even came back from a successful loan spell only to continue to find himself out in the cold.

The close-season will be exciting as PP rebuilds his squad, but I'm hoping the last 10 games or so, will also excite if PP gives players a real chance to prove themselves.
It just concerns me that PP often ploughs along without change until it is enforced, irrespective of how we are doing. I'm not knocking him for this, because it shows he is loyal to his players and gives them plenty of chances to reward the manager for that loyalty. Did anyone know that it was Brian McDermott, for example, that called Parkie about Mclean's availability? Had he not done so, our left-back slot would still be contested by McHugh & Bates. Earlier this season, McHugh couldn't get a look-in. Even when we were, once again, down to the bare bones, he still didn't get a chance to play. It was only when Mezza got injured that PP threw him in and ended up switching positions with Bates. Now we have the same situation with Dolan. We keep hearing how his left-footed approach gives us balance in the centre of the park, yet PP refused to give him a fair crack until Jones' illness. Dolan's inclusion seems to have even revigorated Doyle in the last couple of weeks. It does beg the question, if Reach is recalled after today's game and Yeates has to be given an extended run on the left, will his form pick up? If anything was to happen to Mclean, could Bennett play alongside Hanson (a la Wells), with De Vita getting a run of games on the right? Would PP be prepared to give Taylor a few games alongside Davies before the end of the season? Afterall, he signed him to replace Nelson then never gave him a chance. He even came back from a successful loan spell only to continue to find himself out in the cold. The close-season will be exciting as PP rebuilds his squad, but I'm hoping the last 10 games or so, will also excite if PP gives players a real chance to prove themselves. Waynus1971
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