Phil Parkinson will try to lure Adam Reach back to City next season if Middlesbrough don’t want him.
The winger is back in training with Boro today after his 93-day loan at Valley Parade ran out following Monday’s loss to Swindon.
That was Reach’s 18th appearance and he also scored three goals, including the spectacular free-kick against Peterborough which clinched City’s League One survival.
The 21-year-old is hoping for a spot in Boro’s squad for their final two Championship matches with Barnsley and Yeovil.
Reach, who has two years to go on his contract, believes he can make the breakthrough into Aitor Karanka’s first-team plans for next term.
But Parkinson will watch developments closely – and is keen to pounce again should he be made available for another loan.
The City boss said: “I’d definitely have him back. I like Reachy a lot and think he’s a player who’s only going to get better.
“He’ll go back to Middlesbrough for the last couple of games of the season and will hope to get included there. But between us and Shrews-bury he’s almost played a full season.
“Once you’ve had that, it’s very difficult to go back into someone’s reserves.
“He needs to progress by playing. If he continues to get that chance, he will flourish as a player.”
Boro boss Karanka brought Reach back from Shrewsbury when the Spaniard first took over from Tony Mowbray in December, before allowing him to leave on loan again to the Bantams.
Reach feels his game has developed from the demands of regular League One action.
“It was a disappointing way to end against Swindon but overall it’s been good,” he said. “I’ve played 18 games in a row and there have been a lot of positives.
“When you’re young, you can’t always play at the team you’re at. Sometimes you have to drop divisions to get games but I think the experience will improve me.
“League One is very tough and Bradford are a big club so I was never going to turn down the opportunity.
“I’m hitting the 40-game mark this season which is more than a lot of players get in the Championship.
“I might have played a handful of games at a higher standard if I’d stayed. But in the long term, this has been much better.
“Middlesbrough’s season’s petering out as is Bradford’s. I’ll go there on merit and feel I deserve a place on the bench.
“I’d like to show them what I can do and what they’ve been missing. I feel I’m more mature after this year and I’ve got stronger physically and mentally.”