Bradford City midfielder Matty Dolan faces summer sweat camp

Matty Dolan will work on his fitness during the close season as Phil Parkinson looks to help the youngster develop into a top midfielder

Matty Dolan will work on his fitness during the close season as Phil Parkinson looks to help the youngster develop into a top midfielder

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

City will work on Matty Dolan over the summer to sharpen him up for a bigger role next season.

Phil Parkinson has earmarked the young midfielder to become more of an influence in the club’s second term in League One.

Parkinson has been impressed with Dolan’s range of passing since arriving on loan from Middlesbrough in January. But the 21-year-old has tired towards the end of some games – and improving his fitness will be top of the agenda.

The City boss said: “Matty had a bit of an injury before the Swindon game but he’s assisted three goals since he’s been here. He’s made a good contribution.

“But this is an important summer for him to really work on his fitness. We need to work with him over this period and get him fitter and sharper.

“Then we’ll have a good player on our hands. Matty’s got a lot of work to do but he has the raw talent and is a very good passer of the ball.”

Dolan, whose loan becomes permanent once his four-year Boro contract expires in June, has made ten appearances so far.

He spent the first half of the campaign with Colin Cooper’s Hartlepool, who also wanted to sign him after he failed to break into Middlesbrough’s plans.

Parkinson added: “Maybe you get forgotten a little bit when you spend a couple of years in that under-21 group. This has been his first full season but he’s going to be a good player.”

City leaned heavily on the loan market from January as injuries began to bite into the squad. Parkinson felt all the temporary recruits had some input in solidifying the club’s league position.

He said: “Look at the younger ones. Reachy we’ve spoken about but Benno (Kyle Bennett) also got an important goal at Colchester.

“His better performances have tended to be away from home, where we’ve counter-attacked more and he’s used his athleticism to carry us up the pitch.

“When you bring in two senior loan players like Adam Drury and Jon Stead, it’s so important that they are good characters. Those two have been fantastic in and around the building.

“Both have shown what good pros they’ve been in the careers and hopefully will continue to be. Their personalities and desire to win have helped us enormously.

“(Goalkeeper) Arron Jameson hasn’t had the games he wanted because Jon McLaughlin has been consistent but his attitude in training has been terrific.

“Chris Atkinson is another who hasn’t figured as much as he’d like but he’s been out injured for a month. But again there’s been no real disgruntlement.”

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8:32am Tue 6 May 14

tyker7745 says...

good signing with mssiv potential
good signing with mssiv potential tyker7745
  • Score: 6

9:56am Tue 6 May 14

allannicho says...

So when is the de-mob list coming out ?
Dog botherers list is out!
So when is the de-mob list coming out ? Dog botherers list is out! allannicho
  • Score: 0

1:50pm Tue 6 May 14

Peter300 says...

tyker7745 wrote:
good signing with mssiv potential
Lessons learned? You are not going to criticise a player before he has kicked a ball? Personally, I believe that Adam Drury was an excellent signing to cover left-back.
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: good signing with mssiv potential[/p][/quote]Lessons learned? You are not going to criticise a player before he has kicked a ball? Personally, I believe that Adam Drury was an excellent signing to cover left-back. Peter300
  • Score: -3

1:50pm Tue 6 May 14

Peter300 says...

tyker7745 wrote:
good signing with mssiv potential
Potential for you to criticise?
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: good signing with mssiv potential[/p][/quote]Potential for you to criticise? Peter300
  • Score: -3

2:07pm Tue 6 May 14

jsummers96 says...

I've seen Franck moussa has been released by coventry! He would be a perfect signing for city, an attacking minded midfielder who can score goals! As for Dolan, i think he will be a key player in citys campaign for promotion next year. CTID
I've seen Franck moussa has been released by coventry! He would be a perfect signing for city, an attacking minded midfielder who can score goals! As for Dolan, i think he will be a key player in citys campaign for promotion next year. CTID jsummers96
  • Score: 9

3:02pm Tue 6 May 14

whisky1 says...

jsummers96 wrote:
I've seen Franck moussa has been released by coventry! He would be a perfect signing for city, an attacking minded midfielder who can score goals! As for Dolan, i think he will be a key player in citys campaign for promotion next year. CTID
Good call..all sorts of good players been released..Keith Treacy from Burnley hell of a player
[quote][p][bold]jsummers96[/bold] wrote: I've seen Franck moussa has been released by coventry! He would be a perfect signing for city, an attacking minded midfielder who can score goals! As for Dolan, i think he will be a key player in citys campaign for promotion next year. CTID[/p][/quote]Good call..all sorts of good players been released..Keith Treacy from Burnley hell of a player whisky1
  • Score: 5

6:37pm Tue 6 May 14

bdsixer says...

So could we be in for a style change in midfield ....maybe more of a passing game ??
So could we be in for a style change in midfield ....maybe more of a passing game ?? bdsixer
  • Score: 3

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