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Garry Thompson wants quick answer over Bradford City future
Garry Thompson has urged City to hurry up and announce their verdict on the out-of-contract players.
Saturday’s match-winner is among the large group still unsure whether they will be at Valley Parade next season.
Thompson admitted it is tough not knowing what the club want to do.
“We’re none the wiser,” he said. “It’s just a case of going out on the pitch, doing what you can and waiting to see.
“From the football club’s point of view, they wanted to see what league they’d be in next year and they weren’t going to rush into any decisions on anybody.
“But it’s obviously frustrating because everyone wants to know. There are 14 to 15 lads in the same boat.
“Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player but that’s not my decision.”
Aaron Mclean, who scored the first goal in City’s 2-1 win over Crawley, Mark Yeates and Andrew Davies were the only players currently contracted for next term. James Hanson was missing when his groin problem flared again.
Thompson added: “Now we’re definitely going to be a League One club again next season hopefully things will start moving and people will start being told about their future.
“It’s never nice not knowing. Two weeks from now you could be looking for a new football club and another home somewhere else.
“That’s the other side of football that nobody sees.
“From my point of view, I’ve had a great couple of seasons and I hope there’s more to come.
“You don’t want to dwell on the past but there are great memories you can take away from last year.
“I came in with a lot of the lads into a football club that were fighting relegation (from the league) the season before. To make it now to mid-table in League One has been a great achievement by everybody.
“The club are looking to build and they’ll have their idea on who they want to keep and who they don’t.
“If that was my last game at Valley Parade – and I really hope not – then it’s been a great ride and I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Mclean was only recalled to the side on Saturday morning when Hanson felt another reaction. But he responded with his third goal for the club.
Thompson’s late header from a Gary Jones corner was his first since September.
He said: “I’m not so sure if it was my back rather than my head but I was just pleased to see it in the back of the net. It’s been a long time.
“I’ve not had the best of luck in front of goal this season.”
The traditional minute’s silence for the fire victims took place before kick-off and Crawley skipper Josh Simpson laid a wreath on behalf of the visitors.
Thompson said: “It was a massive day for Bradford City all round. The gaffer reminded us about the importance of winning the final home game and with it being the anniversary of the 56 who died in the fire that made it more poignant.
“It’s close to everybody connected with the club and to mark the day with a win was brilliant. The fans were superb and I’d like to think that was for them.
“It was a good day for remembrance and it’s always better when you win a match on that day as well.”
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