Bradford City: Day of comings and goings at Valley Parade

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Gary Liddle gets used to his new surroundings at Valley Parade Gary Liddle gets used to his new surroundings at Valley Parade

Phil Parkinson admitted getting new skipper Stephen Darby nailed down at City was a priority for the summer revamp.

A hectic day of activity saw Gary Liddle arrive at Valley Parade as Nathan Doyle went the other way.

But it is the new three-year deal - plus captain's armband - for player of the year Darby that the club believe will signal their intent.

Parkinson said: "Stephen was terrific last season and it was a real priority of ours this summer to get his signature on a new contract.

"He is a tremendous professional on and off the pitch. He will be our captain and it is a big responsibility but it is one I know he is ready for."

Darby started every game last season - and only came off once late on at Port Vale. He also skippered the team twice in Gary Jones's absence.

Central midfielder Liddle has signed a one-year deal, with the option of a second believed to be based on appearances.

The 27-year-old was on Parkinson's target list during the 2012 revamp but had already agreed to join Notts County.

After 283 games in six years with Hartlepool, scoring 21 goals, Liddle played a further 87 times for the Magpies.

He played every minute of their 2013 campaign - equalling a club mark last set by Pedro Richards 30 years earlier - but missed a chunk of last season with an ankle injury.

Liddle, who can also operate as a centre half, still played 36 games and netted four times.

He said: "I'm delighted to have signed for a club with a proud history and one with huge ambition.

"Phil rang me pretty soon after the news got out that I was leaving Notts County and I was delighted to see his name flash up on my phone.

"Straight after my meeting with him, I spoke with my agent and my family to tell them that this was the manager I wanted to play for.

"Truth be told, there was a chance of me signing for Bradford a couple of years ago, so it's nice to see the manager still interested in me."

The capture of another central midfielder inevitably means the end for Doyle after 94 appearances in his second Valley Parade spell.

His partnership with Jones was the axis of the double assault on Wembley in 2013. Parkinson said: "We've decided to shake hands and part our separate ways."

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8:43am Tue 10 Jun 14

tyker7745 says...

it seems that Doyle anted a much better contract than he previously had and we cold not afford that this time round so no deal could be made . Will Doyle regret this in days ad months to come as he tries to nail down another contract? He may well do as who else in this league can afford him if we cannot!
it seems that Doyle anted a much better contract than he previously had and we cold not afford that this time round so no deal could be made . Will Doyle regret this in days ad months to come as he tries to nail down another contract? He may well do as who else in this league can afford him if we cannot! tyker7745
  • Score: -11

9:48am Tue 10 Jun 14

whisky1 says...

I see he was County fans..players ..and managers P of Y 2013 sounds promising!
I see he was County fans..players ..and managers P of Y 2013 sounds promising! whisky1
  • Score: 16

10:09am Tue 10 Jun 14

Peter300 says...

tyker7745 wrote:
it seems that Doyle anted a much better contract than he previously had and we cold not afford that this time round so no deal could be made . Will Doyle regret this in days ad months to come as he tries to nail down another contract? He may well do as who else in this league can afford him if we cannot!
You don't know this. You don't know his contract requirements other than your own personal speculation. Or information you have been fed, which again is likely to be inaccurate.
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: it seems that Doyle anted a much better contract than he previously had and we cold not afford that this time round so no deal could be made . Will Doyle regret this in days ad months to come as he tries to nail down another contract? He may well do as who else in this league can afford him if we cannot![/p][/quote]You don't know this. You don't know his contract requirements other than your own personal speculation. Or information you have been fed, which again is likely to be inaccurate. Peter300
  • Score: 10

10:46am Tue 10 Jun 14

allannicho says...

I spoke with my agent and my family to tell them that this was the manager I wanted to play for.

Speaks volumes how good a Manager we have methinks!
I spoke with my agent and my family to tell them that this was the manager I wanted to play for. Speaks volumes how good a Manager we have methinks! allannicho
  • Score: 20

11:43am Tue 10 Jun 14

mrmuzzy says...

Just need a goalkeeper,winger and a striker now.
wonder if we will spend any money on transfer fees.
would like us to sign lee Gregory from halifax.
Just need a goalkeeper,winger and a striker now. wonder if we will spend any money on transfer fees. would like us to sign lee Gregory from halifax. mrmuzzy
  • Score: 0

7:20pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Baby Bantam says...

mrmuzzy wrote:
Just need a goalkeeper,winger and a striker now.
wonder if we will spend any money on transfer fees.
would like us to sign lee Gregory from halifax.
Need somebody to replace Thomo on the right too really and possibly left wing depending on Reidy, hope Phil can pull off the signings like he did 2 years ago but the way he's started it looks promising
[quote][p][bold]mrmuzzy[/bold] wrote: Just need a goalkeeper,winger and a striker now. wonder if we will spend any money on transfer fees. would like us to sign lee Gregory from halifax.[/p][/quote]Need somebody to replace Thomo on the right too really and possibly left wing depending on Reidy, hope Phil can pull off the signings like he did 2 years ago but the way he's started it looks promising Baby Bantam
  • Score: 3

10:04pm Tue 10 Jun 14

hornseabantam says...

How have we managed to hang on to Stephen Darby??? But SO glad we have - probably Div 1's most consistent player last season, stat for stat. This is a great fillip for the club and shows serious intent. Wish Nathan Doyle the best for the future - he'll be leaving VP with some incredible memories. And on a World Cup matter, I have just heard on the radio that we shouldn't worry about Steven Gerrard's groin!!!
How have we managed to hang on to Stephen Darby??? But SO glad we have - probably Div 1's most consistent player last season, stat for stat. This is a great fillip for the club and shows serious intent. Wish Nathan Doyle the best for the future - he'll be leaving VP with some incredible memories. And on a World Cup matter, I have just heard on the radio that we shouldn't worry about Steven Gerrard's groin!!! hornseabantam
  • Score: 0

10:54pm Tue 10 Jun 14

albioff says...

And on a World Cup matter, I have just heard on the radio that we shouldn't worry about Steven Gerrard's groin!!!

( i wasn't, whos he?)
And on a World Cup matter, I have just heard on the radio that we shouldn't worry about Steven Gerrard's groin!!! ( i wasn't, whos he?) albioff
  • Score: 1

1:31am Wed 11 Jun 14

Waynus1971 says...

mrmuzzy wrote:
Just need a goalkeeper,winger and a striker now.
wonder if we will spend any money on transfer fees.
would like us to sign lee Gregory from halifax.
Don't forget the left-back!
[quote][p][bold]mrmuzzy[/bold] wrote: Just need a goalkeeper,winger and a striker now. wonder if we will spend any money on transfer fees. would like us to sign lee Gregory from halifax.[/p][/quote]Don't forget the left-back! Waynus1971
  • Score: 0

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