Dave Baldwin: Rory McArdle deal central to Bantams defence

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Rory McArdle, right, is set to continue his partnership with Andrew Davies after signing a new three-year contract Rory McArdle, right, is set to continue his partnership with Andrew Davies after signing a new three-year contract

Rory McArdle’s decision to sign a new deal at City has reinforced the “backbone” of the team, according to David Baldwin.

The Northern Ireland international has committed his future to Valley Parade until June 2017 – renewing his defensive double act with Andrew Davies.

Director of operations Baldwin believes that pairing is crucial for Phil Parkinson’s side.

He said: “Rory’s partnership with Andrew Davies has been an excellent one and it’s nice to see that locked down.

“A strong centre half pairing is always a good backbone to a club and their drive and determination has played a big part in the progress that we have achieved.

“It’s important now we continue to build on that both with our discussions with the players we are trying to keep and new targets as well.”

The 27-year-old McArdle made 43 appearances last season to go with the 56 during City’s history-making campaign in 2012-13. He has scored seven goals, including memorable headers against Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup semi-finals and Northampton in the play-off final.

McArdle said: “Having spoken to the manager already this summer, I am excited about the future for the club and I want to be part of it.

“The progress the club have made in the two years that I’ve been here already has been very impressive. To me, it shows the club are moving in the right direction.

“I think we acquitted ourselves well in League One last season and we want to continue to improve.”

McArdle is the first of the out-of-contract players to agree a new deal with the club. City have already released Andy Gray, Garry Thompson, Matthew Bates and skipper Gary Jones.

City are understood to have made offers to at least four of those whose current deals are up at the end of next month.

Player of the year Stephen Darby, fellow full back James Meredith, Nathan Doyle and Kyel Reid are among the large number of Parkinson’s squad in that position and talks are ongoing.

Joint-chairman Julian Rhodes told the T&A last week that some established names could choose to leave.

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8:20am Tue 20 May 14

macca1969 says...

Its a good signing but 3 years!! Is he really needed for 3 years unless we are planning on still being league one in 3 years
Its a good signing but 3 years!! Is he really needed for 3 years unless we are planning on still being league one in 3 years macca1969
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8:22am Tue 20 May 14

silverbantam says...

Where's the retained list ?
And why is it being kept from the fans ?
Where's the retained list ? And why is it being kept from the fans ? silverbantam
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11:13am Tue 20 May 14

macca1969 says...

Why the need for the retained list? We know who we have released and we know that the some have been offered new deals. Doesn't matter if Darby etc are on the retained list if they don't want to sign a new deal. We only need to know about the ones who resign
Why the need for the retained list? We know who we have released and we know that the some have been offered new deals. Doesn't matter if Darby etc are on the retained list if they don't want to sign a new deal. We only need to know about the ones who resign macca1969
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1:27pm Tue 20 May 14

Babbsy says...

The main problem re: McArdle is that as soon as Davies is not at his side he relinquishes his position as a competent centre-back and reverts to an extremely incompetent one. We can only hope that Davies stays around as long, and that he spends a lot more time on the pitch without long term injury, unlike the past couple of seasons.
The main problem re: McArdle is that as soon as Davies is not at his side he relinquishes his position as a competent centre-back and reverts to an extremely incompetent one. We can only hope that Davies stays around as long, and that he spends a lot more time on the pitch without long term injury, unlike the past couple of seasons. Babbsy
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2:54pm Tue 20 May 14

Plastic Bantam says...

silverbantam wrote:
Where's the retained list ? And why is it being kept from the fans ?
The retained list contains about 8 names - Those who are longer contracts. All the rest have gone or do not have a contract with us..
[quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: Where's the retained list ? And why is it being kept from the fans ?[/p][/quote]The retained list contains about 8 names - Those who are longer contracts. All the rest have gone or do not have a contract with us.. Plastic Bantam
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11:42pm Tue 20 May 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Why are you bothered about the retains list pp and the staff know who they want to try keep some of these we will find hard to keep with championship interest but I can't wait to see the New talent brought in and a more attacking team sounds interesting
Why are you bothered about the retains list pp and the staff know who they want to try keep some of these we will find hard to keep with championship interest but I can't wait to see the New talent brought in and a more attacking team sounds interesting bcfc mad85
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