Oldham’s loss is Bantams' gain as Jon Stead finds best form

Jon Stead, who has clocked up an impressive £4.4 million in transfer fees, says he is feeling like his old self again

Jon Stead, who has clocked up an impressive £4.4 million in transfer fees, says he is feeling like his old self again

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

Jon Stead reckons Oldham will see a very different striker when he lines up for a quick reunion at Valley Parade.

Stead has caught the eye in the first two outings of his City loan and covered James Hanson’s absence from the frontline.

The Huddersfield hitman is looking forward to his home debut tomorrow – against the team he played five games for in February.

Stead admitted he was under-cooked during his brief stint at the Latics. Now he is confident he can make far more impact back in West Yorkshire and revive a personal campaign that is yet to get going.

He said: “I’m in a much better position than I was when I went to Oldham.

“I didn’t have a great spell on loan there because I’d not had any games before that.

“I missed all of pre-season at Huddersfield with a groin injury and then was basically in and around the team. I never really got a solid run of games – my longest run was only three.

“I had five games with Oldham but the weather conditions were horrendous. We had a pitch inspection nearly every week.

“They do try and play the ball around and pass it and I felt I was improving as I was going on. But I probably needed three or four more games after that to get up to full speed.

“I’m generally fit anyway, it’s just the sharpness and intricate things that you can slip behind with when you’re not getting a lot of match football.”

Stead has scored only once this season – a Huddersfield winner over Leeds. He was denied a first City goal on Tuesday by Coventry’s in-form keeper Joe Murphy.

But his partnership with Aaron Mclean – which has helped the team bag four points from a week on the road – has taken the heat of rushing Hanson back before he feels right.

Stead, who turns 31 on Monday, can feel the spark returning to his game as City home in on League One safety.

“There’s a month left and I can really get myself going. I don’t want the season to just peter out as a huge disappointment for me.

“It’s set up to be a success and it’s a great opportunity for the club to finish on a real positive.

“You don’t want to be looking over your shoulder. But in the same way, nobody can start thinking about their holidays and take their foot off the pedal.

“If we play well then that will help me enjoy my football. For the best part of this season I haven’t been doing that.

“I think it can work well with Azza. I know what his game’s about and how hard he will work.

“We can play off each other and be a nuisance with our energy.

“If you’ve got defenders moaning that a striker is a pain in the back side, then that’s a good thing.

“You want to put them under pressure and make teams defend because that’s not what they want to do.”

Stead returned to his hometown team Huddersfield last summer after a series of moves around the top two divisions that have clocked up £4.4million in total transfer fees.

But he has encountered no local animosity after crossing the M62 to make the Bantams the tenth stop of a nomadic career.

He said: “The majority of fans would rather see you wanting to play football somewhere than sitting picking up wages and not doing anything for any one.

“I’ve played for a lot of clubs, probably too many in my career. But I can pride myself that I’ve played professionally and given 100 per cent for every one.

“Being at a rival club to Huddersfield doesn’t make any difference to me whatsoever.

“I had a brief chat with Nahki (Wells) but it was that much of a whirlwind last Thursday that I didn’t really have the chance to speak to anybody.

“Obviously being a Huddersfield lad, I know everything about Bradford, the size of the club and its history. There was no real problem with any of that.

“I don’t want my career to get to a point when I start dropping down and playing little bits here and there. That’s why this is just perfect for me.”

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9:44am Fri 4 Apr 14

al&co says...

Good luck Jon!
He's come in and done well. I know it's early days but his move to City can be a great motivator for him and give the team a lift as well.
Oldham will be a tough game - they need the points and we will have to show the better form of the last two games. I hope Jon Stead can score and help us to a win and then a really good finish to our season.
Good luck Jon! He's come in and done well. I know it's early days but his move to City can be a great motivator for him and give the team a lift as well. Oldham will be a tough game - they need the points and we will have to show the better form of the last two games. I hope Jon Stead can score and help us to a win and then a really good finish to our season. al&co
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12:11pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Aussie Bantam says...

Oldham are due for a loss, they have gone 4 games unbeaten and we are on form to wallop them with a glut of goal's. I forecast 4-1 with Oldham's being and own goal so we have got all 5 . told u it was a glut. Come on City.
Oldham are due for a loss, they have gone 4 games unbeaten and we are on form to wallop them with a glut of goal's. I forecast 4-1 with Oldham's being and own goal so we have got all 5 . told u it was a glut. Come on City. Aussie Bantam
  • Score: 3

12:58pm Fri 4 Apr 14

shoesmaker26 says...

good look jon as above and as for where a player comes from is not eny thing to me , also good look to mcleane to for that matter ,not scoring much goals yet but you can see he tries very hard to eny way good look to all the lads saterday for a good result come on city
good look jon as above and as for where a player comes from is not eny thing to me , also good look to mcleane to for that matter ,not scoring much goals yet but you can see he tries very hard to eny way good look to all the lads saterday for a good result come on city shoesmaker26
  • Score: 5

5:40pm Fri 4 Apr 14

nigel007 says...

I have a cunning plan. Jon....why don't you tell management at hudders that your really unhappy and you would like to move to bradford city only. No other team will be acceptable. Then if they don't agree start to play like you don't care...pick up a fake injury and demand a transfer to city for half your market value. It worked for Mr. Wells!
I have a cunning plan. Jon....why don't you tell management at hudders that your really unhappy and you would like to move to bradford city only. No other team will be acceptable. Then if they don't agree start to play like you don't care...pick up a fake injury and demand a transfer to city for half your market value. It worked for Mr. Wells! nigel007
  • Score: 11

6:21pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Michael Clayton says...

nigel007 wrote:
I have a cunning plan. Jon....why don't you tell management at hudders that your really unhappy and you would like to move to bradford city only. No other team will be acceptable. Then if they don't agree start to play like you don't care...pick up a fake injury and demand a transfer to city for half your market value. It worked for Mr. Wells!
Very good! You didn't need to add the last sentence.
[quote][p][bold]nigel007[/bold] wrote: I have a cunning plan. Jon....why don't you tell management at hudders that your really unhappy and you would like to move to bradford city only. No other team will be acceptable. Then if they don't agree start to play like you don't care...pick up a fake injury and demand a transfer to city for half your market value. It worked for Mr. Wells![/p][/quote]Very good! You didn't need to add the last sentence. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -2

6:50pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Pablo says...

I've always been a big fan of James but it seems that Stead and McLean have developed an instant understanding.

Jon is probably going to waste the rest of his career if he stops at Huddersfield. There will be parts of his game that Hanson can learn from, during his period of recovery, so his absence maybe a blessing in disguise.

Stead is obviously a class act and I'm looking forward to watching him tomorrow.
I've always been a big fan of James but it seems that Stead and McLean have developed an instant understanding. Jon is probably going to waste the rest of his career if he stops at Huddersfield. There will be parts of his game that Hanson can learn from, during his period of recovery, so his absence maybe a blessing in disguise. Stead is obviously a class act and I'm looking forward to watching him tomorrow. Pablo
  • Score: 4

6:55pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Hove edge bantam says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
nigel007 wrote:
I have a cunning plan. Jon....why don't you tell management at hudders that your really unhappy and you would like to move to bradford city only. No other team will be acceptable. Then if they don't agree start to play like you don't care...pick up a fake injury and demand a transfer to city for half your market value. It worked for Mr. Wells!
Very good! You didn't need to add the last sentence.
Truth never hurt anybody
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nigel007[/bold] wrote: I have a cunning plan. Jon....why don't you tell management at hudders that your really unhappy and you would like to move to bradford city only. No other team will be acceptable. Then if they don't agree start to play like you don't care...pick up a fake injury and demand a transfer to city for half your market value. It worked for Mr. Wells![/p][/quote]Very good! You didn't need to add the last sentence.[/p][/quote]Truth never hurt anybody Hove edge bantam
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7:19pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Bradford Lad BD9 says...

Good luck for tmrw jon show us what your made of and get your self a hatrick lad
Good luck for tmrw jon show us what your made of and get your self a hatrick lad Bradford Lad BD9
  • Score: 2

8:06pm Fri 4 Apr 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

Hove edge bantam wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
nigel007 wrote:
I have a cunning plan. Jon....why don't you tell management at hudders that your really unhappy and you would like to move to bradford city only. No other team will be acceptable. Then if they don't agree start to play like you don't care...pick up a fake injury and demand a transfer to city for half your market value. It worked for Mr. Wells!
Very good! You didn't need to add the last sentence.
Truth never hurt anybody
He means we'd already worked out who it was referring to
[quote][p][bold]Hove edge bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nigel007[/bold] wrote: I have a cunning plan. Jon....why don't you tell management at hudders that your really unhappy and you would like to move to bradford city only. No other team will be acceptable. Then if they don't agree start to play like you don't care...pick up a fake injury and demand a transfer to city for half your market value. It worked for Mr. Wells![/p][/quote]Very good! You didn't need to add the last sentence.[/p][/quote]Truth never hurt anybody[/p][/quote]He means we'd already worked out who it was referring to moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 2

8:11pm Fri 4 Apr 14

lawsonio123 says...

Stead is on loan he is a good player but is not here to replace James Hanson who is our centre forward hopefully for years to come Jon will do a good job for he is a honest player and it may be City try to recruit him at the seasons end as he is able to play like a old type inside forward it would indeed be interesting to see him and mcClean either side of James Hanson i could see a bucket full of goals and other teams at Wits End with them
Stead is on loan he is a good player but is not here to replace James Hanson who is our centre forward hopefully for years to come Jon will do a good job for he is a honest player and it may be City try to recruit him at the seasons end as he is able to play like a old type inside forward it would indeed be interesting to see him and mcClean either side of James Hanson i could see a bucket full of goals and other teams at Wits End with them lawsonio123
  • Score: -1

9:34am Sat 5 Apr 14

Waynus1971 says...

Not sure it would work with Stead & Hanson up top; both hard working, neither have great pace and neither will score lots of goals. However, it would mean genuine competition for our "target man" role. Whilst he is at City, I just hope Hanson learns from him. James is a very good footballer, but he will certainly learn a lot from watching Jon.

Would City be correct to replace Gray with Stead in the summer (if even possible) and then try to bring in a pacey young lad that can score goals in the lower leagues or should we target Halifax's centre forward instead?
Not sure it would work with Stead & Hanson up top; both hard working, neither have great pace and neither will score lots of goals. However, it would mean genuine competition for our "target man" role. Whilst he is at City, I just hope Hanson learns from him. James is a very good footballer, but he will certainly learn a lot from watching Jon. Would City be correct to replace Gray with Stead in the summer (if even possible) and then try to bring in a pacey young lad that can score goals in the lower leagues or should we target Halifax's centre forward instead? Waynus1971
  • Score: -1

7:48pm Sat 5 Apr 14

lawsonio123 says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Not sure it would work with Stead & Hanson up top; both hard working, neither have great pace and neither will score lots of goals. However, it would mean genuine competition for our "target man" role. Whilst he is at City, I just hope Hanson learns from him. James is a very good footballer, but he will certainly learn a lot from watching Jon.

Would City be correct to replace Gray with Stead in the summer (if even possible) and then try to bring in a pacey young lad that can score goals in the lower leagues or should we target Halifax's centre forward instead?
We should have got Sam Winnal not the goal scouring forward we did but no one listened
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: Not sure it would work with Stead & Hanson up top; both hard working, neither have great pace and neither will score lots of goals. However, it would mean genuine competition for our "target man" role. Whilst he is at City, I just hope Hanson learns from him. James is a very good footballer, but he will certainly learn a lot from watching Jon. Would City be correct to replace Gray with Stead in the summer (if even possible) and then try to bring in a pacey young lad that can score goals in the lower leagues or should we target Halifax's centre forward instead?[/p][/quote]We should have got Sam Winnal not the goal scouring forward we did but no one listened lawsonio123
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