Aaron Mclean will be fit and a hit next season, predicts Bantams boss

Mclean will be fit and a hit next season, predicts Bantams boss

City goalscorers Aaron Mclean and Jon Stead hug at the end of the game

Mclean tussles with Ian Goodison

Mclean tussles with Ian Goodison

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

Phil Parkinson can see Aaron Mclean emerging as a real goal threat for City next season.

The January signing has taken time to find his feet at Valley Parade but bowed out with a bang by scoring in both of their final two games.

After firing the winner at Tranmere, Parkinson expects Mclean to look much sharper for his first full campaign with the club. Parkinson said: “Goals give you confidence and you could see that in his game.

“The way he put that in the back of the net – the moment it left his foot, you hardly saw the ball travel. Next thing you knew it was nestling in the corner but that’s what we know he is capable of.

“When I speak about Aaron, it’s not making excuses for him, but when he came in, he hadn’t played regular football for ages.

“Your body deconditions. He’s not an unfit lad but the demands of playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday are tough when you haven’t done it for a long time.

“He’s had some very good games for us, like Colchester away and Port Vale at home, and been terrific. But then he’s also had a couple of really poor ones where he just hasn’t had the energy – and that’s what his game is about.

“The benefit of these games he will take into next season with him.

“Equally he knows that conditioning-wise we’ve got to really work with him. We’ve got plenty of time now before next season starts on August 9.”

City will get a full summer off after last year’s was truncated by the play-off final. But the players will be given off-season fitness programmes.

Parkinson is confident that Mclean will follow his to the letter.

He added: “I know Aaron will do that and he’ll come back and be a threat for us. He’s not scared of missing, which is a good trait.

“He always gets in there and that’s what I like about him. He’ll always get in that six-yard box and he puts himself in the position to take chances.”

City made sure of an 11th-placed finish with back-to-back victories and Parkinson admitted that everyone was ready for the break.

“All the staff have worked tirelessly and I’ve got to thank them for that.

“We’ve hardly had a day off in a nine-month season because, even if we’re not in the ground, we’re always talking and planning what we’re going to do and watching games.

“The work that the people around me have done has been absolutely outstanding.

“To finish 11th is a tremendous achievement in our first year back in this division, with the injuries we’ve had and selling our top scorer. I don’t think anyone else in the division has sold a striker for £1 million plus.

“We told the lads that if you switched off in the Crawley game or this one, you finish 14th or 15th and the league table doesn’t look as good.

“But now we’ve finished above a team like Walsall, who everyone’s been raving about all season and saying how good they are. Little things like that mean a lot to the players.

“You’ve got to remember that for a lot of them this is their first time at this level. People like Jon McLaughlin, Rory McArdle and James Meredith have never been in this division before.”

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11:28am Mon 5 May 14

torreyman says...

Lets hope so and PP is correct because up to now Mclean has been poor time will tell
Lets hope so and PP is correct because up to now Mclean has been poor time will tell torreyman
  • Score: -33

1:52pm Mon 5 May 14

spleen ventor says...

"up to now Mclean has been poor".....sorry but I don't agree.
People keep wittering on about "where would we have been without Well's goals"....well I ask....where would we have been without McLean's four goals?....ten points worse off, that's where!
"up to now Mclean has been poor".....sorry but I don't agree. People keep wittering on about "where would we have been without Well's goals"....well I ask....where would we have been without McLean's four goals?....ten points worse off, that's where! spleen ventor
  • Score: 22

2:44pm Mon 5 May 14

lawsonio123 says...

Enough has been said about this player Now let him be and see what next season brings for Parky has said he was not quite match fit this year.I myself have also been critical like a lot of you but now is the time to give him a fair crack of the whip for he has to earn a living and deserves a fair chance
Enough has been said about this player Now let him be and see what next season brings for Parky has said he was not quite match fit this year.I myself have also been critical like a lot of you but now is the time to give him a fair crack of the whip for he has to earn a living and deserves a fair chance lawsonio123
  • Score: 8

3:19pm Mon 5 May 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
Enough has been said about this player Now let him be and see what next season brings for Parky has said he was not quite match fit this year.I myself have also been critical like a lot of you but now is the time to give him a fair crack of the whip for he has to earn a living and deserves a fair chance
Exactly, let him settle in properly, get himself fully fit and get used to the players surrounding him and see how he gets on next season. Hopefully he can crack in plenty more as good as his strike on Saturday
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: Enough has been said about this player Now let him be and see what next season brings for Parky has said he was not quite match fit this year.I myself have also been critical like a lot of you but now is the time to give him a fair crack of the whip for he has to earn a living and deserves a fair chance[/p][/quote]Exactly, let him settle in properly, get himself fully fit and get used to the players surrounding him and see how he gets on next season. Hopefully he can crack in plenty more as good as his strike on Saturday moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 8

4:36pm Mon 5 May 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Aaron as been one of the best players for me ok his job as a striker is to score goals witch he as done and important ones at that goals that have helped keep us in this division his all round play and commitment is second to none
Aaron as been one of the best players for me ok his job as a striker is to score goals witch he as done and important ones at that goals that have helped keep us in this division his all round play and commitment is second to none bcfc mad85
  • Score: 12

5:48pm Mon 5 May 14

Plastic Bantam says...

I keep banging on about the same thing when it comes to McLean... If you feed the ball through to hi he will put it in the back of the net. He's a natural goal scorer.. Lumping the ball to his throat with his back to goal isn't doing him or the team any favours!! Play the ball for him to run on to or put low crosses in to the box and as seen he'll put them away... His control isn't great, however running onto a ball and smacking it first time into the back of the goal is what he does best.
I keep banging on about the same thing when it comes to McLean... If you feed the ball through to hi he will put it in the back of the net. He's a natural goal scorer.. Lumping the ball to his throat with his back to goal isn't doing him or the team any favours!! Play the ball for him to run on to or put low crosses in to the box and as seen he'll put them away... His control isn't great, however running onto a ball and smacking it first time into the back of the goal is what he does best. Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 14

6:44pm Mon 5 May 14

legend mccall says...

Aaron had a slow start, which is obviously going to of happened having played such little football. But if we reduce the long ball, I reckon he will be a big threat next season! he has shown what he is capable of in these last two games. he knows where the goal is, and after a full pre season, he will be scoring next season!
Aaron had a slow start, which is obviously going to of happened having played such little football. But if we reduce the long ball, I reckon he will be a big threat next season! he has shown what he is capable of in these last two games. he knows where the goal is, and after a full pre season, he will be scoring next season! legend mccall
  • Score: 8

7:33pm Mon 5 May 14

Victor Clayton says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
I keep banging on about the same thing when it comes to McLean... If you feed the ball through to hi he will put it in the back of the net. He's a natural goal scorer.. Lumping the ball to his throat with his back to goal isn't doing him or the team any favours!! Play the ball for him to run on to or put low crosses in to the box and as seen he'll put them away... His control isn't great, however running onto a ball and smacking it first time into the back of the goal is what he does best.
I think the same.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: I keep banging on about the same thing when it comes to McLean... If you feed the ball through to hi he will put it in the back of the net. He's a natural goal scorer.. Lumping the ball to his throat with his back to goal isn't doing him or the team any favours!! Play the ball for him to run on to or put low crosses in to the box and as seen he'll put them away... His control isn't great, however running onto a ball and smacking it first time into the back of the goal is what he does best.[/p][/quote]I think the same. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 3

9:43pm Mon 5 May 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Eleventh beats twelfth. ..the position attained in 1983 which was the first season back in the third tier after promotion in 1982...the second season of 1983-84 resulted in seventh...so one place better than that again next season sees City sixth and the play offs! Naturally they didn't exist back then so City remained in situ until the Championship season of 1984-85...all to play for then...need good investment and Aaron starting as he finished...he really is potentially an excellent finisher....the coaching staff just need to work hard at developing a better interplay with Hanson and the midfield. Really looking forwards to next season.
Eleventh beats twelfth. ..the position attained in 1983 which was the first season back in the third tier after promotion in 1982...the second season of 1983-84 resulted in seventh...so one place better than that again next season sees City sixth and the play offs! Naturally they didn't exist back then so City remained in situ until the Championship season of 1984-85...all to play for then...need good investment and Aaron starting as he finished...he really is potentially an excellent finisher....the coaching staff just need to work hard at developing a better interplay with Hanson and the midfield. Really looking forwards to next season. bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 4

10:07am Tue 6 May 14

Waydownsouth says...

I think everyone associated with the club should get a pat on the back for what has been achieved in a really difficult season with injuries and transfers out and new players coming in. It's all a fact of life in the lower levels of the league - teams do not get built and gel overnight. The underlying trend is of sensible organic progress and that is exactly what is need.
I think everyone associated with the club should get a pat on the back for what has been achieved in a really difficult season with injuries and transfers out and new players coming in. It's all a fact of life in the lower levels of the league - teams do not get built and gel overnight. The underlying trend is of sensible organic progress and that is exactly what is need. Waydownsouth
  • Score: 4

1:53pm Tue 6 May 14

yorkiebantam says...

I have got pretty frustrated with the talk about how without Nahki and the first half of the season we would have been relegation fodder. Interestingly although we did score more goals in the Nahki half of the season we only clocked 3 more points. So actually we were not relegation threatened in either half of the season and i look forward to the next with optimism for the team and Aaron. CTID
I have got pretty frustrated with the talk about how without Nahki and the first half of the season we would have been relegation fodder. Interestingly although we did score more goals in the Nahki half of the season we only clocked 3 more points. So actually we were not relegation threatened in either half of the season and i look forward to the next with optimism for the team and Aaron. CTID yorkiebantam
  • Score: 2

1:56pm Tue 6 May 14

Peter300 says...

torreyman wrote:
Lets hope so and PP is correct because up to now Mclean has been poor time will tell
And who says grammer and punctuation does not matter? People has been too keen (as they always is) to rite off McCCCCCCClane. Hopfully he can settl in bettered naxt saison.
[quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: Lets hope so and PP is correct because up to now Mclean has been poor time will tell[/p][/quote]And who says grammer and punctuation does not matter? People has been too keen (as they always is) to rite off McCCCCCCClane. Hopfully he can settl in bettered naxt saison. Peter300
  • Score: -1

1:58pm Tue 6 May 14

Peter300 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
Enough has been said about this player Now let him be and see what next season brings for Parky has said he was not quite match fit this year.I myself have also been critical like a lot of you but now is the time to give him a fair crack of the whip for he has to earn a living and deserves a fair chance
So why did you not let him have a fair crack of the whip after he arrived? Do not be tempted by Tyker and write-off players immediately.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: Enough has been said about this player Now let him be and see what next season brings for Parky has said he was not quite match fit this year.I myself have also been critical like a lot of you but now is the time to give him a fair crack of the whip for he has to earn a living and deserves a fair chance[/p][/quote]So why did you not let him have a fair crack of the whip after he arrived? Do not be tempted by Tyker and write-off players immediately. Peter300
  • Score: 1

2:01pm Tue 6 May 14

Peter300 says...

legend mccall wrote:
Aaron had a slow start, which is obviously going to of happened having played such little football. But if we reduce the long ball, I reckon he will be a big threat next season! he has shown what he is capable of in these last two games. he knows where the goal is, and after a full pre season, he will be scoring next season!
And how did Aaron score that goal against Crawley? Long pass or long ball?
[quote][p][bold]legend mccall[/bold] wrote: Aaron had a slow start, which is obviously going to of happened having played such little football. But if we reduce the long ball, I reckon he will be a big threat next season! he has shown what he is capable of in these last two games. he knows where the goal is, and after a full pre season, he will be scoring next season![/p][/quote]And how did Aaron score that goal against Crawley? Long pass or long ball? Peter300
  • Score: -1

2:08pm Tue 6 May 14

Peter300 says...

Waydownsouth wrote:
I think everyone associated with the club should get a pat on the back for what has been achieved in a really difficult season with injuries and transfers out and new players coming in. It's all a fact of life in the lower levels of the league - teams do not get built and gel overnight. The underlying trend is of sensible organic progress and that is exactly what is need.
I agree with sentiments. Steady, sustainable progress with ups and downs along the way. It's a shame when people like Cheshire Bantam and associates call the manager a Clueless Clown, but that is what these individuals like to do and they really cannot help themselves. It's disappointing for these people. They must try and do better!
[quote][p][bold]Waydownsouth[/bold] wrote: I think everyone associated with the club should get a pat on the back for what has been achieved in a really difficult season with injuries and transfers out and new players coming in. It's all a fact of life in the lower levels of the league - teams do not get built and gel overnight. The underlying trend is of sensible organic progress and that is exactly what is need.[/p][/quote]I agree with sentiments. Steady, sustainable progress with ups and downs along the way. It's a shame when people like Cheshire Bantam and associates call the manager a Clueless Clown, but that is what these individuals like to do and they really cannot help themselves. It's disappointing for these people. They must try and do better! Peter300
  • Score: 0

4:37pm Tue 6 May 14

whisky1 says...

yorkiebantam wrote:
I have got pretty frustrated with the talk about how without Nahki and the first half of the season we would have been relegation fodder. Interestingly although we did score more goals in the Nahki half of the season we only clocked 3 more points. So actually we were not relegation threatened in either half of the season and i look forward to the next with optimism for the team and Aaron. CTID
Interesting stats...certain posters did put our early season success to NW which is simplistic to say the least. Good progress this year despite the yips mid season and nice that most did not press the panic button at that stage and stuck by PP and the team. As DB says stay positive and ENJOY the journey
[quote][p][bold]yorkiebantam[/bold] wrote: I have got pretty frustrated with the talk about how without Nahki and the first half of the season we would have been relegation fodder. Interestingly although we did score more goals in the Nahki half of the season we only clocked 3 more points. So actually we were not relegation threatened in either half of the season and i look forward to the next with optimism for the team and Aaron. CTID[/p][/quote]Interesting stats...certain posters did put our early season success to NW which is simplistic to say the least. Good progress this year despite the yips mid season and nice that most did not press the panic button at that stage and stuck by PP and the team. As DB says stay positive and ENJOY the journey whisky1
  • Score: 0

9:15pm Tue 6 May 14

torreyman says...

A few weeks ago people were on Mclean back saying load of rubbish etc etc he scores four lucky goals and people love him let me say he is not the man for BCAFC remember my words
A few weeks ago people were on Mclean back saying load of rubbish etc etc he scores four lucky goals and people love him let me say he is not the man for BCAFC remember my words torreyman
  • Score: -2

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