Garry Thompson and Matthew Bates not offered new Bradford City deals at Valley Parade

Garry Thompson is leaving City after making 102 appearances

Garry Thompson is leaving City after making 102 appearances

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

Garry Thompson is on his way out of City after being told he will not get a new contract.

The 33-year-old winger scored 11 goals in 102 appearances, including the famous volley in the Capital One Cup win over Arsenal last season. He recently headed the late winner against Crawley in City’s final home game.

Phil Parkinson said: “We wish Thommo all the best. He’s made a good contribution and has been a great lad to have around.”

Defender Matthew Bates has also been released after playing 23 times last season, as well as youngster Louie Swain.

Youth-team skipper Jack Stockdill and fellow second-year trainees Jack Bentley and Nathan Curtis will also not be offered pro deals.

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10:10pm Wed 7 May 14

silverbantam says...

Thanks for everything Tommo.

You will never be forgotten for your goal against Arsenal.
Thanks for everything Tommo. You will never be forgotten for your goal against Arsenal. silverbantam
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10:20pm Wed 7 May 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

All the best Thommo, thanks for the memories, especially the goals v Arsenal and the belter against Burton
All the best Thommo, thanks for the memories, especially the goals v Arsenal and the belter against Burton moanmoanwhingewhinge
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10:21pm Wed 7 May 14

Nickloza says...

silverbantam wrote:
Thanks for everything Tommo.

You will never be forgotten for your goal against Arsenal.
Totally agree and also the goal against Burton to keep us the tie
[quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: Thanks for everything Tommo. You will never be forgotten for your goal against Arsenal.[/p][/quote]Totally agree and also the goal against Burton to keep us the tie Nickloza
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10:49pm Wed 7 May 14

silverbantam says...

Does that mean that everyone else have been offered new contracts ?
Does that mean that everyone else have been offered new contracts ? silverbantam
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10:58pm Wed 7 May 14

Victor Clayton says...

silverbantam wrote:
Does that mean that everyone else have been offered new contracts ?
Wouldn't have thought so, but don't know.
[quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: Does that mean that everyone else have been offered new contracts ?[/p][/quote]Wouldn't have thought so, but don't know. Victor Clayton
  • Score: -9

11:16pm Wed 7 May 14

silverbantam says...

From City web ste:

Discussing his thoughts on the three departing senior players, Parkinson said: "I would really like to thank Tommo (Garry Thompson) for his significant contribution over the two years he has been here at the club.

"He played his part in helping us to a major cup final and promotion last season, and he also contributed to a mid-table finish for us this season.

"I am sure there will be no shortage of clubs interested in his services.

"I'd also like to thank Batesy (Matthew Bates) for his professionalism and hard-work throughout the season. With regards Louie, I've spoken to him and I just feel he needs to find a club more suited to his level so that he can benefit from getting regular games under his belt."

Parkinson also confirmed that discussions with other members of his current squad whose contracts are due to expire in the summer will take place from the end of this week onwards.

Some of these talks may be affected by Parkinson's exact playing budget for next season - a figure which will be finalised when the City chief speaks with the club's chairmen later this week.

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From City web ste: Discussing his thoughts on the three departing senior players, Parkinson said: "I would really like to thank Tommo (Garry Thompson) for his significant contribution over the two years he has been here at the club. "He played his part in helping us to a major cup final and promotion last season, and he also contributed to a mid-table finish for us this season. "I am sure there will be no shortage of clubs interested in his services. "I'd also like to thank Batesy (Matthew Bates) for his professionalism and hard-work throughout the season. With regards Louie, I've spoken to him and I just feel he needs to find a club more suited to his level so that he can benefit from getting regular games under his belt." Parkinson also confirmed that discussions with other members of his current squad whose contracts are due to expire in the summer will take place from the end of this week onwards. Some of these talks may be affected by Parkinson's exact playing budget for next season - a figure which will be finalised when the City chief speaks with the club's chairmen later this week. Read more at http://www.bradfordc ityfc.co.uk/news/art icle/thompson-bates- and-swain-released-1 541338.aspx#s0yIQeE9 dsD74eeo.99 silverbantam
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8:03am Thu 8 May 14

wakefieldbantam says...

Sorry to Thomo go he's been a good player and club man for us, glad he's made it to over 100 appearances and signed off with the winning goal at Valley Parade. Not sorry to see Bates go at all, just like Andy Gray a disaster and a waste of a wage!
Sorry to Thomo go he's been a good player and club man for us, glad he's made it to over 100 appearances and signed off with the winning goal at Valley Parade. Not sorry to see Bates go at all, just like Andy Gray a disaster and a waste of a wage! wakefieldbantam
  • Score: 9

10:13am Thu 8 May 14

tyker7745 says...

one assumes that Reid is to be offered terms for next season
one assumes that Reid is to be offered terms for next season tyker7745
  • Score: 3

10:16am Thu 8 May 14

Halifax Bantam says...

Good luck to all those who have been or will be released, most will have played a part in an historic season. Still a few more to be let go though.. Dont be swayed by sentiment, like last summer, if not for all the loan signings made we would def been in relegation fight. The likes of yeates(i know is under contract) and de vita need letting go, jones cant be given such a leading role again but would def keep him in the squad and it would be a hard call between mccardle and mccugh but young carl gets my vote. Lets show some intent for next season, lets have some pace down the spine of the team, think a new keeper, centre back, centre mid and two wingers are a must.
Good luck to all those who have been or will be released, most will have played a part in an historic season. Still a few more to be let go though.. Dont be swayed by sentiment, like last summer, if not for all the loan signings made we would def been in relegation fight. The likes of yeates(i know is under contract) and de vita need letting go, jones cant be given such a leading role again but would def keep him in the squad and it would be a hard call between mccardle and mccugh but young carl gets my vote. Lets show some intent for next season, lets have some pace down the spine of the team, think a new keeper, centre back, centre mid and two wingers are a must. Halifax Bantam
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10:38am Thu 8 May 14

Olivermac says...

tyker7745 wrote:
one assumes that Reid is to be offered terms for next season
It may be on a game by game basis due to the nature of the injury.
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: one assumes that Reid is to be offered terms for next season[/p][/quote]It may be on a game by game basis due to the nature of the injury. Olivermac
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12:42pm Thu 8 May 14

Baby Bantam says...

Wonder what's going to happen to Kennedy
Wonder what's going to happen to Kennedy Baby Bantam
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2:07pm Thu 8 May 14

tyker7745 says...

Olivermac wrote:
tyker7745 wrote:
one assumes that Reid is to be offered terms for next season
It may be on a game by game basis due to the nature of the injury.
would e be prepared to travel and train up north when he says he wants to move south especially on this basis. he will be the one to miss out if budgets are tight
[quote][p][bold]Olivermac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: one assumes that Reid is to be offered terms for next season[/p][/quote]It may be on a game by game basis due to the nature of the injury.[/p][/quote]would e be prepared to travel and train up north when he says he wants to move south especially on this basis. he will be the one to miss out if budgets are tight tyker7745
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6:14pm Thu 8 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

Olivermac wrote:
tyker7745 wrote:
one assumes that Reid is to be offered terms for next season
It may be on a game by game basis due to the nature of the injury.
The idea of a week-to-week deal does not align with the obvious financial constraints.

This is not a Premier League club with millions of pounds to throw around.

A budget has got to be set so that everyone is operating within the parameters.

Either he stays (hopefully) or he goes.
[quote][p][bold]Olivermac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: one assumes that Reid is to be offered terms for next season[/p][/quote]It may be on a game by game basis due to the nature of the injury.[/p][/quote]The idea of a week-to-week deal does not align with the obvious financial constraints. This is not a Premier League club with millions of pounds to throw around. A budget has got to be set so that everyone is operating within the parameters. Either he stays (hopefully) or he goes. Michael Clayton
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7:15pm Thu 8 May 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Eleventh was very good and mainly achieved with a lot of hard work from Parkinson, Parkin and Allenby. I trust them to build a squad that can now challenge for 6th next season. Obtaining additional quality players are essential in this process and at least we now have the time and space to address this.
Eleventh was very good and mainly achieved with a lot of hard work from Parkinson, Parkin and Allenby. I trust them to build a squad that can now challenge for 6th next season. Obtaining additional quality players are essential in this process and at least we now have the time and space to address this. bcfcincheshire
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