Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson optimistic new deal can be Reach-ed with Middlesbrough over winger

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: There will be no old pal’s act from Adam Reach when he faces off against his former team-mates tomorrow There will be no old pal’s act from Adam Reach when he faces off against his former team-mates tomorrow

City are cautiously optimistic that Adam Reach’s return to his former loan haunt won’t be his last outing for the club.

The Middlesbrough winger’s second month with the Bantams runs out after tomorrow’s trip to Shrewsbury.

Phil Parkinson has contacted Boro about extending the deal again – and is waiting for the green light from opposite number Aitor Karanka.

Parkinson said: “Adam would like to stay and we’d like to keep him. Hopefully we can but we’re just waiting on clarification from their manager.”

Boro winger Mustapha Carayol tore a cruciate at Bournemouth last week but it appears that the Championship club are not looking to take back Reach as cover.

Reach makes his 11th City appearance tomorrow against the club where he played 24 times during the first half of the season.

Second-from-bottom Shrews-bury’s current form mirrors City’s mid-term slump. They have won only one of the last 13 games – and not at home since November 23.

Ironically it was Reach who scored the only goal that day when they beat Notts County.

Ten home games have followed without success and another failure tomorrow would equal an unwanted club record.

But City have lost at both fellow strugglers Notts County and Carlisle and Parkinson appreciates the “strength in depth” of the division.

He said: “Shrewsbury have had a lot of tight games. I saw them on Tuesday lose a close one at Colchester after they had a great chance to go 1-0 up.

“They also played terrifically well at Molineux last Saturday to get a draw against Wolves.

“But we’ve said throughout the season there are very tight lines between teams.

“It’s been a strong division this year. There is strength in depth and the quality level has been high. Every game is a tight one and this will be no different.”

Parkinson wants City to build on the bright displays against Colchester and Gillingham. They are chasing back-to-back away wins for only the second time this season.

“We’ve got to go there with a positive performance. Look at the Colchester game – our best performances this year and last have been when we’ve gone there in a really positive frame of mind.

“We want to really take the game to them right from the first minute.”

Parkinson has a big call to make in central midfield where skipper Gary Jones is pushing to return after his recent virus. But understudy Matty Dolan has impressed in his two starts.

“Gary is not completely right,” said Parkinson. “There’s still a little bit in there.

“He’s trained great but I’ve just got to make sure that if he starts, is he going (to be able) to go 90 minutes Saturday and Tuesday?

“What I don’t want to do is set him back again and lose him for longer. We’ve just got to manage Gazza and he understands that.

“There are still ten games left and that’s a large chunk of the season.

“It’s good that Matty is champing at the bit to play. He’s not knocked on my door but he’s done it with the manner of his performances.

“He’s played in a way to suggest ‘can I leave him out?’ If I do, it will be a tough call.

“But Matty, like everybody, knows we’ve got four games in a short space of time.”

Parkinson is willing to shuffle his pack for the busy period and the past week’s training programme has concentrated on some of the players not currently featuring.

“It’s good from our point of view that the players who’ve come in – Benno (Bennett), Drury, Dolan, Reach and Mclean – are really playing well. That gives everybody a lift.

“At the start of the season we’d gone with the same group. Now there is a freshness in and around the building.

“We know coming into this run of games there are players who haven’t figured who are going to get a chance.

“We’ve had a good week with those players like Yeatesy (Mark Yeates), Raffa De Vita, Carl McHugh and Batesy (Matthew Bates) who have worked really hard for this.”

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8:58am Fri 21 Mar 14

bcfc mad85 says...

I hope so let's just hope we can sing both reach and Bennett on full time deals for next season can't hurt adding a bit more class to the ranks
I hope so let's just hope we can sing both reach and Bennett on full time deals for next season can't hurt adding a bit more class to the ranks bcfc mad85
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11:46am Fri 21 Mar 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

To me Reach could go far in the game if Middlesbrough nurture him and give him a chance and I think he has a bright future. If he was to get a move to a big club then he might be the answer to the ever long lasting problem for England on the left wing.

I really rate the lad and even though I want City to keep him, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he gets a recall.
To me Reach could go far in the game if Middlesbrough nurture him and give him a chance and I think he has a bright future. If he was to get a move to a big club then he might be the answer to the ever long lasting problem for England on the left wing. I really rate the lad and even though I want City to keep him, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he gets a recall. Papa Smurfs Wig
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1:06pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
To me Reach could go far in the game if Middlesbrough nurture him and give him a chance and I think he has a bright future. If he was to get a move to a big club then he might be the answer to the ever long lasting problem for England on the left wing. I really rate the lad and even though I want City to keep him, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he gets a recall.
Sorry, can't agree with that. He is nowhere near that level.. the wingers England have are all of similar age to him and are light years ahead.. But football is all about opinions
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: To me Reach could go far in the game if Middlesbrough nurture him and give him a chance and I think he has a bright future. If he was to get a move to a big club then he might be the answer to the ever long lasting problem for England on the left wing. I really rate the lad and even though I want City to keep him, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he gets a recall.[/p][/quote]Sorry, can't agree with that. He is nowhere near that level.. the wingers England have are all of similar age to him and are light years ahead.. But football is all about opinions Plastic Bantam
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3:37pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Parkybcfc says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
To me Reach could go far in the game if Middlesbrough nurture him and give him a chance and I think he has a bright future. If he was to get a move to a big club then he might be the answer to the ever long lasting problem for England on the left wing.

I really rate the lad and even though I want City to keep him, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he gets a recall.
Reach is out of contract this summer so hopefully with him enjoying is football at city he might well stay, and I totally agree with the lads got a massive future in the game lets just hope it's with the bantams.
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: To me Reach could go far in the game if Middlesbrough nurture him and give him a chance and I think he has a bright future. If he was to get a move to a big club then he might be the answer to the ever long lasting problem for England on the left wing. I really rate the lad and even though I want City to keep him, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he gets a recall.[/p][/quote]Reach is out of contract this summer so hopefully with him enjoying is football at city he might well stay, and I totally agree with the lads got a massive future in the game lets just hope it's with the bantams. Parkybcfc
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4:19pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
To me Reach could go far in the game if Middlesbrough nurture him and give him a chance and I think he has a bright future. If he was to get a move to a big club then he might be the answer to the ever long lasting problem for England on the left wing. I really rate the lad and even though I want City to keep him, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he gets a recall.
Sorry, can't agree with that. He is nowhere near that level.. the wingers England have are all of similar age to him and are light years ahead.. But football is all about opinions
Yes it's all about oponions and l think he's very good.
He singned a four year deal in 2012 so he's not available yet, see link.

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[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: To me Reach could go far in the game if Middlesbrough nurture him and give him a chance and I think he has a bright future. If he was to get a move to a big club then he might be the answer to the ever long lasting problem for England on the left wing. I really rate the lad and even though I want City to keep him, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he gets a recall.[/p][/quote]Sorry, can't agree with that. He is nowhere near that level.. the wingers England have are all of similar age to him and are light years ahead.. But football is all about opinions[/p][/quote]Yes it's all about oponions and l think he's very good. He singned a four year deal in 2012 so he's not available yet, see link. http://www1.skysport s.com/football/news/ 11680/8108366/middle sbrough-winger-adam- reach-has-agreed-a-n ew-long-term-contrac t Papa Smurfs Wig
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4:39pm Fri 21 Mar 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
To me Reach could go far in the game if Middlesbrough nurture him and give him a chance and I think he has a bright future. If he was to get a move to a big club then he might be the answer to the ever long lasting problem for England on the left wing.

I really rate the lad and even though I want City to keep him, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he gets a recall.
I not to sure about that I was informed yesterday that he is out of contract at Boro in the summer as are a lot of the Bradford players
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: To me Reach could go far in the game if Middlesbrough nurture him and give him a chance and I think he has a bright future. If he was to get a move to a big club then he might be the answer to the ever long lasting problem for England on the left wing. I really rate the lad and even though I want City to keep him, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he gets a recall.[/p][/quote]I not to sure about that I was informed yesterday that he is out of contract at Boro in the summer as are a lot of the Bradford players bcfc mad85
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4:47pm Fri 21 Mar 14

bcfc mad85 says...

bcfc mad85 wrote:
Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
To me Reach could go far in the game if Middlesbrough nurture him and give him a chance and I think he has a bright future. If he was to get a move to a big club then he might be the answer to the ever long lasting problem for England on the left wing.

I really rate the lad and even though I want City to keep him, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he gets a recall.
I not to sure about that I was informed yesterday that he is out of contract at Boro in the summer as are a lot of the Bradford players
Well apparently not lol he signed the contract with mobury as manager I wonder if the New manager wants him can't see why not but fingers crossed
[quote][p][bold]bcfc mad85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: To me Reach could go far in the game if Middlesbrough nurture him and give him a chance and I think he has a bright future. If he was to get a move to a big club then he might be the answer to the ever long lasting problem for England on the left wing. I really rate the lad and even though I want City to keep him, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he gets a recall.[/p][/quote]I not to sure about that I was informed yesterday that he is out of contract at Boro in the summer as are a lot of the Bradford players[/p][/quote]Well apparently not lol he signed the contract with mobury as manager I wonder if the New manager wants him can't see why not but fingers crossed bcfc mad85
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6:15pm Fri 21 Mar 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Tim Sherwood says Spurs players are playing for their futures and I think the same applies at City...we need four points from the brace of games either side of Orient (a likely narrow defeat) to get the eight points necessary for security. ..utterly achieveable as long as we perform like the recent brace..then the planning for next season, and a play off place, can really begin
Tim Sherwood says Spurs players are playing for their futures and I think the same applies at City...we need four points from the brace of games either side of Orient (a likely narrow defeat) to get the eight points necessary for security. ..utterly achieveable as long as we perform like the recent brace..then the planning for next season, and a play off place, can really begin bcfcincheshire
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7:35pm Fri 21 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

I'm sure BCFC will be playing in this league next season, with 10 games remaining the pressure has eased and with the quality in our side I cannot see any problems in securing the few points needed . We need to keep focussed on the job in hand and as the fella above says those who want a renewed contract have plenty to play for.

Good luck tomorrow to the management, players and the army of BCFC supporters making the trip, raise the roof!!!!

0-2 to BCFC Hanson, Reach BCFC fans 856
I'm sure BCFC will be playing in this league next season, with 10 games remaining the pressure has eased and with the quality in our side I cannot see any problems in securing the few points needed . We need to keep focussed on the job in hand and as the fella above says those who want a renewed contract have plenty to play for. Good luck tomorrow to the management, players and the army of BCFC supporters making the trip, raise the roof!!!! 0-2 to BCFC Hanson, Reach BCFC fans 856 bcfc1903
  • Score: 3

11:54pm Fri 21 Mar 14

torreyman says...

Yes I agree we will be in this league next season no worry good luck to BCFC tomorrow a win is on the cards
Yes I agree we will be in this league next season no worry good luck to BCFC tomorrow a win is on the cards torreyman
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7:49am Sat 22 Mar 14

bantamboygoingup says...

torreyman wrote:
Yes I agree we will be in this league next season no worry good luck to BCFC tomorrow a win is on the cards
We will be in the Sky Bet Championship next season as long as we keep up the recent form that we have had over the past season or so. I can not see any reason why we cannot be up there. Come on the Bantams.
[quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: Yes I agree we will be in this league next season no worry good luck to BCFC tomorrow a win is on the cards[/p][/quote]We will be in the Sky Bet Championship next season as long as we keep up the recent form that we have had over the past season or so. I can not see any reason why we cannot be up there. Come on the Bantams. bantamboygoingup
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10:12am Sat 22 Mar 14

lawsonio123 says...

Reach can be signed But it would need cash that is a matter for the Directors to decide The fee may be more than they wish to pay but that is a matter for them and no one else He is a good young player with promise but not international standard as some posters suggest
Reach can be signed But it would need cash that is a matter for the Directors to decide The fee may be more than they wish to pay but that is a matter for them and no one else He is a good young player with promise but not international standard as some posters suggest lawsonio123
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