Phil Parkinson: I feared Stephen Darby would leave Bradford City for the Championship

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Stephen Darby puts pen to paper on his new three-year contract at City Stephen Darby puts pen to paper on his new three-year contract at City

CITY feared that new captain Stephen Darby would be lured away from Valley Parade by higher-division interest.

Darby’s three-year deal has been seen as the most significant business of the summer so far.

Phil Parkinson confirmed that there were other sides eyeing the right back keenly after his ever-present campaign.

But City headed that off with a contract that will tie Darby down until 2017 – as well as installing him as skipper for next season.

Parkinson said: “I thought we might lose Darbs. I knew there were a few Championship clubs looking at him and talking to him.

“But myself, Stephen and his agent sat down last week and had a good talk. He is a key signing for us and I’m really pleased to do it.

“Lads like Stephen know the huge potential at Bradford. We are only just starting to fulfil it really.

“I know this summer is presenting a challenge for us because the budget has been reduced. We’ve got to cut our cloth accordingly because of that and some players will have to move on.

“That’s just the way it is. But Stephen was always a priority to get him signed up.”

Parkinson feels Darby, who dominated the prizes at last month’s end-of-season club awards, is a natural choice to succeed Gary Jones with the captaincy.

He added: “I’ve always felt he is captain material. He’s been a leader anyway without having the arm band.

“Just the way he is as a person is a great example every day, at the training ground as well as on the pitch.”

The focus now switches to out-of-contract left back James Meredith, whose future at the club appears to be less certain.

Although reports linking him with Championship interest appear to be wide of the mark, progress has been slow.

Parkinson said: “It’s difficult with Mezza because he is in Australia but I’m speaking to his agent.

“Things have not gone as quick as I would have liked. But obviously there are other people I’m speaking to in that position.

“We are okay at this stage. We’ve still got quite a lot of spaces to fill but I’m pleased with the four bits of business we’ve done up to this point.

“McArdle, Darby, Liddle and Knott all represent good value in the light of the budget being cut. They are good players at a good age.”

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9:18am Wed 11 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context.

What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period?

Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.
Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context. What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period? Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -16

9:41am Wed 11 Jun 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context. What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period? Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.
It would be interesting to know exactly who earns what at VP. In truth we know very little indeed so any estimates are just stabs in the dark. That said I imagine that Doyle, Jones and Gray were high earners and will have been on considerably more than the new arrivals. There will have been a net saving there I'm sure.
Also I think you mean McArdle accepted a 3 year deal not Meredith.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context. What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period? Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.[/p][/quote]It would be interesting to know exactly who earns what at VP. In truth we know very little indeed so any estimates are just stabs in the dark. That said I imagine that Doyle, Jones and Gray were high earners and will have been on considerably more than the new arrivals. There will have been a net saving there I'm sure. Also I think you mean McArdle accepted a 3 year deal not Meredith. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: -4

10:05am Wed 11 Jun 14

tyker7745 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context.

What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period?

Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.
according to the report Meredith has signed nothing yet!

Darby is an excellent signing. Should championship clubs come knocking in the next couple f years we will be due a transfer fee. Hope that does not happen as we have the makings of a good suad
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context. What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period? Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.[/p][/quote]according to the report Meredith has signed nothing yet! Darby is an excellent signing. Should championship clubs come knocking in the next couple f years we will be due a transfer fee. Hope that does not happen as we have the makings of a good suad tyker7745
  • Score: 15

10:10am Wed 11 Jun 14

gordon ramsay says...

darby is a great resigning. interesting situation wih meredith as having read the article in the aussie mgazine he clearly fancied a chapionship club this summer. if he is wanting more mone it would be a big call by the club to spend significant budget on the 2 full backs when we have other slots that need filling eg 2 wingers, 2 strikers, and resoluton to the keeper positon.

as stated before it is also about spending the money wislely

the £500k loss can be cushioned with more intelligent use of budget

wages spent last season on people not contributing easlity account for that figure eg. Taylor, Gray, Connell, De Vita, Kennedy, Folan, Graham, Bates, Yeates, Atkinson etc etc

clearly there is always a risk associated with any signing but if this is something we can negate as much as possibe then it can only be a positive
darby is a great resigning. interesting situation wih meredith as having read the article in the aussie mgazine he clearly fancied a chapionship club this summer. if he is wanting more mone it would be a big call by the club to spend significant budget on the 2 full backs when we have other slots that need filling eg 2 wingers, 2 strikers, and resoluton to the keeper positon. as stated before it is also about spending the money wislely the £500k loss can be cushioned with more intelligent use of budget wages spent last season on people not contributing easlity account for that figure eg. Taylor, Gray, Connell, De Vita, Kennedy, Folan, Graham, Bates, Yeates, Atkinson etc etc clearly there is always a risk associated with any signing but if this is something we can negate as much as possibe then it can only be a positive gordon ramsay
  • Score: -1

10:11am Wed 11 Jun 14

Farsley Bantam says...

tyker7745 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote: Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context. What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period? Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.
according to the report Meredith has signed nothing yet! Darby is an excellent signing. Should championship clubs come knocking in the next couple f years we will be due a transfer fee. Hope that does not happen as we have the makings of a good suad
The defence is quite and we will do well if we keep the strongest back four in tact. The issue last season was lack of attacking/creativity in midfield. If this is addressed then we will be in for an interesting said. That said I have never had a season at City that was not interesting! Can anyone remember one?
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context. What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period? Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.[/p][/quote]according to the report Meredith has signed nothing yet! Darby is an excellent signing. Should championship clubs come knocking in the next couple f years we will be due a transfer fee. Hope that does not happen as we have the makings of a good suad[/p][/quote]The defence is quite and we will do well if we keep the strongest back four in tact. The issue last season was lack of attacking/creativity in midfield. If this is addressed then we will be in for an interesting said. That said I have never had a season at City that was not interesting! Can anyone remember one? Farsley Bantam
  • Score: -4

10:16am Wed 11 Jun 14

Peter300 says...

So all the in-the-know people who predicted that Darby would join Brighton, Middlesbrough, Huddersfield, Burnley, etc. etc. have been proved - not for the first time- hopelessly wrong.
So all the in-the-know people who predicted that Darby would join Brighton, Middlesbrough, Huddersfield, Burnley, etc. etc. have been proved - not for the first time- hopelessly wrong. Peter300
  • Score: -67

10:30am Wed 11 Jun 14

Peter300 says...

tyker7745 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context.

What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period?

Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.
according to the report Meredith has signed nothing yet!

Darby is an excellent signing. Should championship clubs come knocking in the next couple f years we will be due a transfer fee. Hope that does not happen as we have the makings of a good suad
So you are not going to start slagging-off the manager and players just yet then? I'm just thinking of your comment about Parky and Adam Drury last season. Remember? Somebody went crackers before Drury had kicked a ball for City. I think its generally recognised that Adam Drury proved a very beneficial loan signing, despite upsetting certain individuals because he was 35 years-old and he was indeed a loan signing. I don't suppose Adam is in Parky's plans, but if City do not land a left-back and James Meredith departs, it might be an option. Perhaps some fans might at least give a player a chance before they announce their disgust.
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context. What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period? Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.[/p][/quote]according to the report Meredith has signed nothing yet! Darby is an excellent signing. Should championship clubs come knocking in the next couple f years we will be due a transfer fee. Hope that does not happen as we have the makings of a good suad[/p][/quote]So you are not going to start slagging-off the manager and players just yet then? I'm just thinking of your comment about Parky and Adam Drury last season. Remember? Somebody went crackers before Drury had kicked a ball for City. I think its generally recognised that Adam Drury proved a very beneficial loan signing, despite upsetting certain individuals because he was 35 years-old and he was indeed a loan signing. I don't suppose Adam is in Parky's plans, but if City do not land a left-back and James Meredith departs, it might be an option. Perhaps some fans might at least give a player a chance before they announce their disgust. Peter300
  • Score: -45

11:22am Wed 11 Jun 14

lawsonio123 says...

MR Parkinson knows full well what he is doing he will get it right Now those of you who slatted our Very Good goal keeper must think again now he has offers from other clubs I hope he resigns for City and if so get off his Back
MR Parkinson knows full well what he is doing he will get it right Now those of you who slatted our Very Good goal keeper must think again now he has offers from other clubs I hope he resigns for City and if so get off his Back lawsonio123
  • Score: -11

11:46am Wed 11 Jun 14

Nickloza says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
MR Parkinson knows full well what he is doing he will get it right Now those of you who slatted our Very Good goal keeper must think again now he has offers from other clubs I hope he resigns for City and if so get off his Back
Which offers are these then?
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: MR Parkinson knows full well what he is doing he will get it right Now those of you who slatted our Very Good goal keeper must think again now he has offers from other clubs I hope he resigns for City and if so get off his Back[/p][/quote]Which offers are these then? Nickloza
  • Score: -1

12:02pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context. What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period? Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.
It would be interesting to know exactly who earns what at VP. In truth we know very little indeed so any estimates are just stabs in the dark. That said I imagine that Doyle, Jones and Gray were high earners and will have been on considerably more than the new arrivals. There will have been a net saving there I'm sure.
Also I think you mean McArdle accepted a 3 year deal not Meredith.
Yes. I made a balls-up there.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context. What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period? Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.[/p][/quote]It would be interesting to know exactly who earns what at VP. In truth we know very little indeed so any estimates are just stabs in the dark. That said I imagine that Doyle, Jones and Gray were high earners and will have been on considerably more than the new arrivals. There will have been a net saving there I'm sure. Also I think you mean McArdle accepted a 3 year deal not Meredith.[/p][/quote]Yes. I made a balls-up there. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -21

12:05pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

tyker7745 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context.

What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period?

Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.
according to the report Meredith has signed nothing yet!

Darby is an excellent signing. Should championship clubs come knocking in the next couple f years we will be due a transfer fee. Hope that does not happen as we have the makings of a good suad
I meant McArdle - not Meredith. As previously mentioned, I made a balls up.
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context. What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period? Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.[/p][/quote]according to the report Meredith has signed nothing yet! Darby is an excellent signing. Should championship clubs come knocking in the next couple f years we will be due a transfer fee. Hope that does not happen as we have the makings of a good suad[/p][/quote]I meant McArdle - not Meredith. As previously mentioned, I made a balls up. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -56

2:10pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
tyker7745 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote: Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context. What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period? Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.
according to the report Meredith has signed nothing yet! Darby is an excellent signing. Should championship clubs come knocking in the next couple f years we will be due a transfer fee. Hope that does not happen as we have the makings of a good suad
The defence is quite and we will do well if we keep the strongest back four in tact. The issue last season was lack of attacking/creativity in midfield. If this is addressed then we will be in for an interesting said. That said I have never had a season at City that was not interesting! Can anyone remember one?
2009-2010 was not interesting; made worse by a lousy playing surface and an average squad of players.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context. What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period? Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.[/p][/quote]according to the report Meredith has signed nothing yet! Darby is an excellent signing. Should championship clubs come knocking in the next couple f years we will be due a transfer fee. Hope that does not happen as we have the makings of a good suad[/p][/quote]The defence is quite and we will do well if we keep the strongest back four in tact. The issue last season was lack of attacking/creativity in midfield. If this is addressed then we will be in for an interesting said. That said I have never had a season at City that was not interesting! Can anyone remember one?[/p][/quote]2009-2010 was not interesting; made worse by a lousy playing surface and an average squad of players. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -46

2:50pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Out of site says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Farsley Bantam wrote:
tyker7745 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote: Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context. What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period? Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.
according to the report Meredith has signed nothing yet! Darby is an excellent signing. Should championship clubs come knocking in the next couple f years we will be due a transfer fee. Hope that does not happen as we have the makings of a good suad
The defence is quite and we will do well if we keep the strongest back four in tact. The issue last season was lack of attacking/creativity in midfield. If this is addressed then we will be in for an interesting said. That said I have never had a season at City that was not interesting! Can anyone remember one?
2009-2010 was not interesting; made worse by a lousy playing surface and an average squad of players.
You are the one making a fool of yourself clown.wrong in just about everything.go tell your mum she wants you.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: Without knowing the salary structure, the £500,000 cannot be put in context. What is noticeable is that Darby and Meredith have both accepted three year contacts. Thus, the element of security, as facilitated by longer deals, could mean that their salaries are slightly lower than what might have been demanded over a two year period? Last season, we were better, defensively, down the right, but weaker going forwards. The opposite applied down the left-hand side. Parity across the back four is what is needed. If Meredith does not come back, Drury is an ideal fit. He has got obvious quality and is a better defender.[/p][/quote]according to the report Meredith has signed nothing yet! Darby is an excellent signing. Should championship clubs come knocking in the next couple f years we will be due a transfer fee. Hope that does not happen as we have the makings of a good suad[/p][/quote]The defence is quite and we will do well if we keep the strongest back four in tact. The issue last season was lack of attacking/creativity in midfield. If this is addressed then we will be in for an interesting said. That said I have never had a season at City that was not interesting! Can anyone remember one?[/p][/quote]2009-2010 was not interesting; made worse by a lousy playing surface and an average squad of players.[/p][/quote]You are the one making a fool of yourself clown.wrong in just about everything.go tell your mum she wants you. Out of site
  • Score: 24

4:29pm Wed 11 Jun 14

torreyman says...

Everything seems to be going on well still no news on De Vita I would not mind if he BCFC let him go never been a fan of his
Everything seems to be going on well still no news on De Vita I would not mind if he BCFC let him go never been a fan of his torreyman
  • Score: -7

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