Eager James Meredith reined back by Bradford City

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: James Meredith has not kicked a ball since New Year’s Day after breaking his foot James Meredith has not kicked a ball since New Year’s Day after breaking his foot

City have told James Meredith to expect “a long road” back as he steps up his recovery from a broken foot.

Meredith got the medical all-clear last week to start working outside again and had his first session of light jogging with physio Matt Barrass on Thursday.

The left back, who City would like to keep in the summer, has not kicked a ball since New Year’s Day.

Phil Parkinson can understand his eagerness to return but stressed that Meredith’s progress cannot be rushed.

He said: “It’s difficult to say how quickly he will progress but with an injury like that we’ve got to be cautious. We have to make sure the fracture is fully healed.

“James is the type who is itching to get back out there. He hates being in the gym and wants to be back on the training pitch.

“We’ve had to rein him back a little but that’s what you want. You want players desperate to be back out there.

“If you look at last year when he had his glandular fever, he got back a lot quicker than expected. Maybe he’ll do the same again.

“But with this one, because it’s a specific problem, we’ve got to take it day by day. It’s going to be a long road.”

Meredith had hoped to gatecrash Australia’s World Cup squad after a strong start to the season. But the injury meant he was sidelined when new Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou visited Valley Parade in January for the Preston game.

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9:52am Tue 8 Apr 14

claret&camber says...

We have badly missed Meredith's pace and strong runs down the left hand side. Let's hope we can get him signed for next season and that he can have a season without injury or illness. Good attacking full backs are difficult to find.We should also do everything we can to retain Darby,player of the year by a mile and hopefully our new skipper next season.
We have badly missed Meredith's pace and strong runs down the left hand side. Let's hope we can get him signed for next season and that he can have a season without injury or illness. Good attacking full backs are difficult to find.We should also do everything we can to retain Darby,player of the year by a mile and hopefully our new skipper next season. claret&camber
  • Score: 5

10:10am Tue 8 Apr 14

Peter300 says...

claret&camber wrote:
We have badly missed Meredith's pace and strong runs down the left hand side. Let's hope we can get him signed for next season and that he can have a season without injury or illness. Good attacking full backs are difficult to find.We should also do everything we can to retain Darby,player of the year by a mile and hopefully our new skipper next season.
Yes, but James received a lot of criticism from message board contributors earlier in the season saying he could not defend and goals were leaked from the left-side. Now, in his absence, it seems he wasn't such a bad player after all. So you are taking the captaincy from Gary Jones even before the current season has ended?
[quote][p][bold]claret&camber[/bold] wrote: We have badly missed Meredith's pace and strong runs down the left hand side. Let's hope we can get him signed for next season and that he can have a season without injury or illness. Good attacking full backs are difficult to find.We should also do everything we can to retain Darby,player of the year by a mile and hopefully our new skipper next season.[/p][/quote]Yes, but James received a lot of criticism from message board contributors earlier in the season saying he could not defend and goals were leaked from the left-side. Now, in his absence, it seems he wasn't such a bad player after all. So you are taking the captaincy from Gary Jones even before the current season has ended? Peter300
  • Score: -8

10:28am Tue 8 Apr 14

RAF_Bantam says...

Agree with the above, Darby and Meredith should definitley be retained and such Darby should be given the skippers armband as clearly Parky sees him as a leader. Both players are still a reasonable young age an will continue to grow with the club.

I would keep Mr Jones on a pay-as-you-play contract along with an additional coaching role at the club as his experience, desire and passion is much needed. None was it more evident than after Oldham's second goal on Saturday when he ripped into Bennett after he lost possesion, allowing them to break clear.

Its becoming more and more clear that McLean is needing time, his effort is there I just think his sharpness needs tuning and that will come with a proper pre-season under his belt, I reckon that him and and Hanson will terrorise defences next season in League 1.
Agree with the above, Darby and Meredith should definitley be retained and such Darby should be given the skippers armband as clearly Parky sees him as a leader. Both players are still a reasonable young age an will continue to grow with the club. I would keep Mr Jones on a pay-as-you-play contract along with an additional coaching role at the club as his experience, desire and passion is much needed. None was it more evident than after Oldham's second goal on Saturday when he ripped into Bennett after he lost possesion, allowing them to break clear. Its becoming more and more clear that McLean is needing time, his effort is there I just think his sharpness needs tuning and that will come with a proper pre-season under his belt, I reckon that him and and Hanson will terrorise defences next season in League 1. RAF_Bantam
  • Score: 9

11:39am Tue 8 Apr 14

shoesmaker26 says...

weii put raf- bantam ,also very good call about darby , on is day the best i have seen in quite a while , i also think up front we do not get that killer pass through to the forwards also mc leane needs the ball on the floor or just in front of him to run on to good look to the lads on friday and lets get the points we need to stay up we will stay up but we really do make things hard for ourselves come on city
weii put raf- bantam ,also very good call about darby , on is day the best i have seen in quite a while , i also think up front we do not get that killer pass through to the forwards also mc leane needs the ball on the floor or just in front of him to run on to good look to the lads on friday and lets get the points we need to stay up we will stay up but we really do make things hard for ourselves come on city shoesmaker26
  • Score: -1

12:31pm Tue 8 Apr 14

claret&camber says...

Peter300 wrote:
claret&camber wrote:
We have badly missed Meredith's pace and strong runs down the left hand side. Let's hope we can get him signed for next season and that he can have a season without injury or illness. Good attacking full backs are difficult to find.We should also do everything we can to retain Darby,player of the year by a mile and hopefully our new skipper next season.
Yes, but James received a lot of criticism from message board contributors earlier in the season saying he could not defend and goals were leaked from the left-side. Now, in his absence, it seems he wasn't such a bad player after all. So you are taking the captaincy from Gary Jones even before the current season has ended?
Always rated him and you can concede with attacking full backs but for me attack is the best form of defence. No disrespect to Jones he's been brilliant and he should get another year.However,we should not expect him to play every week which shows our lack of options in midfield which Parky should put right in the summer. Let's face it if Gray can get 2 years then Jonah more than deserves an extension before moving into coaching hopefully down at the valley.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]claret&camber[/bold] wrote: We have badly missed Meredith's pace and strong runs down the left hand side. Let's hope we can get him signed for next season and that he can have a season without injury or illness. Good attacking full backs are difficult to find.We should also do everything we can to retain Darby,player of the year by a mile and hopefully our new skipper next season.[/p][/quote]Yes, but James received a lot of criticism from message board contributors earlier in the season saying he could not defend and goals were leaked from the left-side. Now, in his absence, it seems he wasn't such a bad player after all. So you are taking the captaincy from Gary Jones even before the current season has ended?[/p][/quote]Always rated him and you can concede with attacking full backs but for me attack is the best form of defence. No disrespect to Jones he's been brilliant and he should get another year.However,we should not expect him to play every week which shows our lack of options in midfield which Parky should put right in the summer. Let's face it if Gray can get 2 years then Jonah more than deserves an extension before moving into coaching hopefully down at the valley. claret&camber
  • Score: 5

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