More players set to follow Billy Knott into Bradford City

Billy Knott fits the category of the type of player City want to attract

Billy Knott fits the category of the type of player City want to attract

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

Phil Parkinson says City have made offers to “several other players” as they bid to further bolster their squad following the arrival of Billy Knott.

Midfielder Knott became the Bantams’ second signing of the summer on Friday when he penned a two-year deal following his release from Sunderland.

Parkinson beat off competition from Port Vale to sign the highly-rated youngster, who – along with Matty Dolan – has added to the City ranks since the end of last season.

But Parkinson has revealed he is speaking to several more potential targets and also expects progress to be made on the club’s out-of-contract players this week.

“We’re talking to several players but it takes time and it’s like that with every signing,” said the Bantams boss.

“I had been speaking to Billy Knott for a couple of weeks and we’ve got several offers on the table for other players.

“There are also players we’ve been asked to be kept informed about by their agents, so it’s just about biding our time and making the right decisions.

“We’re exploring all the options available to us and it’s important that we keep any targets close to our chest.

“At the minute they sneak out, that alerts other clubs, which could mean you lose your target to a rival or you have to pay more in wages than you originally expected because of competition.

“It’s a long summer and quite often signings don’t get finalised until the first week of pre-season or the week before.

“I don’t expect much difference now but we’ve got a clear plan in our minds with what we want to do to improve the team and we’re working towards that.

“We know what type of player we want to attract to the club and Billy Knott certainly fits that category.”

Parkinson feels Knott is nowhere near the finished article and has helped him to realise his talent.

“He knows he’s got a lot of work to do to fulfil his potential but myself and the rest of the staff are going to help him achieve that,” said the City chief.

“As a manager, you want to work with young players with potential and he’s certainly got that.”

Several players saw their contracts expire at the end of last season but Parkinson expects progress to be made on that front shortly.

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.

Parkinson said: “We’re going to have meetings early this week with a few of those players and hopefully by the end of the week we will have moved things forward.”

Meanwhile, the funeral of lifelong City supporter Arnold Thompson will be held at Rawdon Crematorium at 11am tomorrow. He recently passed away aged 91 and had been a season-ticket holder for 79 years.

The Bantams are expected to announce today how many season tickets and flexi-cards they sold before Saturday’s deadline.

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9:57am Mon 2 Jun 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Sounds promising does anyone know what reids situation is regarding the injury I want to see him back in the strips a bit off topic does anyone know the release date of the new away shirt
Sounds promising does anyone know what reids situation is regarding the injury I want to see him back in the strips a bit off topic does anyone know the release date of the new away shirt bcfc mad85
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11:03am Mon 2 Jun 14

torreyman says...

What has happened to DaVita has he gone? have I missed it I would not mind if he did go how do you all feel about him ?
What has happened to DaVita has he gone? have I missed it I would not mind if he did go how do you all feel about him ? torreyman
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11:26am Mon 2 Jun 14

Farsley Bantam says...

torreyman wrote:
What has happened to DaVita has he gone? have I missed it I would not mind if he did go how do you all feel about him ?
I thought he was a bit lightweight the few times that I've seen him play. He's not played very often but I can't remember him doing anything worthy of note.
[quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: What has happened to DaVita has he gone? have I missed it I would not mind if he did go how do you all feel about him ?[/p][/quote]I thought he was a bit lightweight the few times that I've seen him play. He's not played very often but I can't remember him doing anything worthy of note. Farsley Bantam
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12:18pm Mon 2 Jun 14

BD16 says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
torreyman wrote:
What has happened to DaVita has he gone? have I missed it I would not mind if he did go how do you all feel about him ?
I thought he was a bit lightweight the few times that I've seen him play. He's not played very often but I can't remember him doing anything worthy of note.
I don't think he ever got the run in the side that he needed to get settled, mainly due to injury.

He did seem a bit lightweight but in the last home game of the season he put in the best cross of the whole game. The sort of delivery that would probably result in a goal if a forward played with him regularly and knew the type of service he would receive.

Depending on what formation we adopt next year he may be worth persevering with.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: What has happened to DaVita has he gone? have I missed it I would not mind if he did go how do you all feel about him ?[/p][/quote]I thought he was a bit lightweight the few times that I've seen him play. He's not played very often but I can't remember him doing anything worthy of note.[/p][/quote]I don't think he ever got the run in the side that he needed to get settled, mainly due to injury. He did seem a bit lightweight but in the last home game of the season he put in the best cross of the whole game. The sort of delivery that would probably result in a goal if a forward played with him regularly and knew the type of service he would receive. Depending on what formation we adopt next year he may be worth persevering with. BD16
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1:34pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Waynus1971 says...

torreyman wrote:
What has happened to DaVita has he gone? have I missed it I would not mind if he did go how do you all feel about him ?
Personally, I don't rate him. He didn't do anything that Garry Thompson hadn't done and, even though Thommo didn't have the best of season, still managed to keep him on the bench.

From a personal point of view, I'd prefer PP to release him, but as he hasn't done so yet, I can only assume he's been offered a new deal. The same goes for McHugh (in relation to being offered a new deal)
[quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: What has happened to DaVita has he gone? have I missed it I would not mind if he did go how do you all feel about him ?[/p][/quote]Personally, I don't rate him. He didn't do anything that Garry Thompson hadn't done and, even though Thommo didn't have the best of season, still managed to keep him on the bench. From a personal point of view, I'd prefer PP to release him, but as he hasn't done so yet, I can only assume he's been offered a new deal. The same goes for McHugh (in relation to being offered a new deal) Waynus1971
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3:13pm Mon 2 Jun 14

tyker7745 says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
torreyman wrote:
What has happened to DaVita has he gone? have I missed it I would not mind if he did go how do you all feel about him ?
Personally, I don't rate him. He didn't do anything that Garry Thompson hadn't done and, even though Thommo didn't have the best of season, still managed to keep him on the bench.

From a personal point of view, I'd prefer PP to release him, but as he hasn't done so yet, I can only assume he's been offered a new deal. The same goes for McHugh (in relation to being offered a new deal)
was not De Vita give a two year contract last season
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: What has happened to DaVita has he gone? have I missed it I would not mind if he did go how do you all feel about him ?[/p][/quote]Personally, I don't rate him. He didn't do anything that Garry Thompson hadn't done and, even though Thommo didn't have the best of season, still managed to keep him on the bench. From a personal point of view, I'd prefer PP to release him, but as he hasn't done so yet, I can only assume he's been offered a new deal. The same goes for McHugh (in relation to being offered a new deal)[/p][/quote]was not De Vita give a two year contract last season tyker7745
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4:22pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Pablo says...

tyker7745 wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote:
torreyman wrote:
What has happened to DaVita has he gone? have I missed it I would not mind if he did go how do you all feel about him ?
Personally, I don't rate him. He didn't do anything that Garry Thompson hadn't done and, even though Thommo didn't have the best of season, still managed to keep him on the bench.

From a personal point of view, I'd prefer PP to release him, but as he hasn't done so yet, I can only assume he's been offered a new deal. The same goes for McHugh (in relation to being offered a new deal)
was not De Vita give a two year contract last season
I'm sure he only had a one year deal. I seem to recall De Vita saying towards the end of last season that time was running out for him to impress the manager to getvanother contract.
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: What has happened to DaVita has he gone? have I missed it I would not mind if he did go how do you all feel about him ?[/p][/quote]Personally, I don't rate him. He didn't do anything that Garry Thompson hadn't done and, even though Thommo didn't have the best of season, still managed to keep him on the bench. From a personal point of view, I'd prefer PP to release him, but as he hasn't done so yet, I can only assume he's been offered a new deal. The same goes for McHugh (in relation to being offered a new deal)[/p][/quote]was not De Vita give a two year contract last season[/p][/quote]I'm sure he only had a one year deal. I seem to recall De Vita saying towards the end of last season that time was running out for him to impress the manager to getvanother contract. Pablo
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6:51pm Mon 2 Jun 14

macca1969 says...

Can also confirm ryvita man was given a one year contract only
Can also confirm ryvita man was given a one year contract only macca1969
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7:55pm Mon 2 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

Looking forward to seeing who else comes in, like the look of a younger central midfield player in Knott teaming up with Doyle if he signs of course. He's got quite an act to follow, no pressure then.
Looking forward to seeing who else comes in, like the look of a younger central midfield player in Knott teaming up with Doyle if he signs of course. He's got quite an act to follow, no pressure then. bcfc1903
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8:02pm Mon 2 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

Billy seems to resemble a young Jacko.
Billy seems to resemble a young Jacko. bcfc1903
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8:34pm Mon 2 Jun 14

bdsixer says...

Kyle Reid will not be signing for City he will be looking for a club down south as his girlfriend wants to stay down there
Kyle Reid will not be signing for City he will be looking for a club down south as his girlfriend wants to stay down there bdsixer
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