Old pals act for Bantams new-boy Alan Sheehan

New City signing Alan Sheehan

New City signing Alan Sheehan

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ALAN Sheehan became City’s fourth summer signing yesterday and looked forward to being reunited with some old friends.

The 27-year-old left back followed Matty Dolan, Billy Knott and Gary Liddle into Valley Parade and his arrival cast huge doubt over James Meredith’s future.

Meredith, who is currently back home in Australia, is out of contract and his offer of a new deal, on what were believed to be improved terms, expired on June 16 and boss Phil Parkinson has now snapped up Sheehan.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international began his career at Leicester and had spells with Mansfield, Leeds, Crewe, Oldham and Swindon before joining Notts County in 2011.

The Magpies tried to re-sign Sheehan and Gary Liddle but both men opted to join the Bantams, where their contracts begin on July 1.

Sheehan, who captained Notts County last season, has also played with Stephen Darby and Mark Yeates at Swindon and Leicester respectively.

The set-piece specialist said: “Gary is a brilliant signing and it just shows the ambition the manager has when we are signing a player like him.

“He is a tremendous professional and you always want players like him in your team.

“He is a great lad, and if you had eleven Gary Liddles in your side, you’d be doing well in the league.

“Me and Darbs got to the play-off final with Swindon in 2010. He is a good player and a great pro and I’m looking forward to seeing him again.

“Yeatesy’s a good pal of mine and I’ve known him for a number of years now. He is a player with a lot of talent.

“He can be a very exciting player and one I’m looking forward to see playing.”

Sheehan said he was impressed with Parkinson’s ambition and added: “When I spoke to the manager, he told me the plans he had for the club.

“He didn't really need to sell the place to be honest though, everyone knows what a big club Bradford are.

"I'm delighted to be part of the manager's plans here. I can't wait to get started now with pre-season and to meet all the boys.”

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8:10am Fri 20 Jun 14

shaun from richmond says...

Blimey!.......The fourth "Average" signing of the summer!!. We are hardly going to get promoted with this bunch!.
COME ON PARKY!.....Get your finger out!
Blimey!.......The fourth "Average" signing of the summer!!. We are hardly going to get promoted with this bunch!. COME ON PARKY!.....Get your finger out! shaun from richmond
  • Score: 33

8:20am Fri 20 Jun 14

militarybantam says...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Shaun you really are a sad little man. For once get behind your team. 4 fairly strong signings in my opinion. Can't wait for the season to start now!
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Shaun you really are a sad little man. For once get behind your team. 4 fairly strong signings in my opinion. Can't wait for the season to start now! militarybantam
  • Score: -57

8:23am Fri 20 Jun 14

ynotdunne says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
Blimey!.......The fourth "Average" signing of the summer!!. We are hardly going to get promoted with this bunch!. COME ON PARKY!.....Get your finger out!
Fourth very accomplished signing
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Blimey!.......The fourth "Average" signing of the summer!!. We are hardly going to get promoted with this bunch!. COME ON PARKY!.....Get your finger out![/p][/quote]Fourth very accomplished signing ynotdunne
  • Score: -21

8:32am Fri 20 Jun 14

johnny yen says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
Blimey!.......The fourth "Average" signing of the summer!!. We are hardly going to get promoted with this bunch!.
COME ON PARKY!.....Get your finger out!
You could contribute a million or two to the war chest Shaun.
Then Parky could bring in a better calibre of player to suit your ambitions.
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Blimey!.......The fourth "Average" signing of the summer!!. We are hardly going to get promoted with this bunch!. COME ON PARKY!.....Get your finger out![/p][/quote]You could contribute a million or two to the war chest Shaun. Then Parky could bring in a better calibre of player to suit your ambitions. johnny yen
  • Score: -27

8:33am Fri 20 Jun 14

Belfast Bantam says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
Blimey!.......The fourth "Average" signing of the summer!!. We are hardly going to get promoted with this bunch!.
COME ON PARKY!.....Get your finger out!
Why don't you throw yourself off the battlements of Richmond Castle?
That'll make everybody happy!... Saddo!!
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Blimey!.......The fourth "Average" signing of the summer!!. We are hardly going to get promoted with this bunch!. COME ON PARKY!.....Get your finger out![/p][/quote]Why don't you throw yourself off the battlements of Richmond Castle? That'll make everybody happy!... Saddo!! Belfast Bantam
  • Score: -39

9:02am Fri 20 Jun 14

Yorkshire Windbag says...

Blimey - a negative comment with a high rating, 3 positive comments with a high negative rating. Someone fudging the scores? Does Shaun work for the T&A by any chance.

Just a point - anyone fudging the scores really is a very sad b*****d indeed.

On the signings, a good league 1 left back and a set piece specialist is what we need. Good signing on paper. Lets just hope the team performs on the pitch too. (Paul McLaren and Tommy Doherty were also good signings on paper.......)

YW
Blimey - a negative comment with a high rating, 3 positive comments with a high negative rating. Someone fudging the scores? Does Shaun work for the T&A by any chance. Just a point - anyone fudging the scores really is a very sad b*****d indeed. On the signings, a good league 1 left back and a set piece specialist is what we need. Good signing on paper. Lets just hope the team performs on the pitch too. (Paul McLaren and Tommy Doherty were also good signings on paper.......) YW Yorkshire Windbag
  • Score: 9

9:14am Fri 20 Jun 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
Blimey!.......The fourth "Average" signing of the summer!!. We are hardly going to get promoted with this bunch!.
COME ON PARKY!.....Get your finger out!
Oh give it a rest, you sad, pointless little man. And stop giving your comments the thumbs up on your mobile (and anyone who makes a sensible comment the thumbs down) it makes you look even more pathetic than your previous years of idiotic comments AND CAPS LOCK ABUSE already have. 4 positive signings and the promise of season long loans from Premiership teams to come - keep up the good work PP
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Blimey!.......The fourth "Average" signing of the summer!!. We are hardly going to get promoted with this bunch!. COME ON PARKY!.....Get your finger out![/p][/quote]Oh give it a rest, you sad, pointless little man. And stop giving your comments the thumbs up on your mobile (and anyone who makes a sensible comment the thumbs down) it makes you look even more pathetic than your previous years of idiotic comments AND CAPS LOCK ABUSE already have. 4 positive signings and the promise of season long loans from Premiership teams to come - keep up the good work PP moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: -13

9:53am Fri 20 Jun 14

lawsonio123 says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
Blimey!.......The fourth "Average" signing of the summer!!. We are hardly going to get promoted with this bunch!.
COME ON PARKY!.....Get your finger out!
Hello Shaun I see some posters are at you again BUT your comment is a fair one the are average players It may well be due to money and Parky is doing what he can and may not be able to afford better Keep posting I like your style lawsonio
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Blimey!.......The fourth "Average" signing of the summer!!. We are hardly going to get promoted with this bunch!. COME ON PARKY!.....Get your finger out![/p][/quote]Hello Shaun I see some posters are at you again BUT your comment is a fair one the are average players It may well be due to money and Parky is doing what he can and may not be able to afford better Keep posting I like your style lawsonio lawsonio123
  • Score: 20

10:07am Fri 20 Jun 14

Peter300 says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
Blimey!.......The fourth "Average" signing of the summer!!. We are hardly going to get promoted with this bunch!.
COME ON PARKY!.....Get your finger out!
We've done pretty well with average players. Thanks for the money you donate to Bradford City shaun. Most welcome and I thank you once again. As do Mr. Lawn, Mr. Julian etc. etc.
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Blimey!.......The fourth "Average" signing of the summer!!. We are hardly going to get promoted with this bunch!. COME ON PARKY!.....Get your finger out![/p][/quote]We've done pretty well with average players. Thanks for the money you donate to Bradford City shaun. Most welcome and I thank you once again. As do Mr. Lawn, Mr. Julian etc. etc. Peter300
  • Score: -36

11:34am Fri 20 Jun 14

jamiejoe says...

blah. blah, blah ...
blah. blah, blah ... jamiejoe
  • Score: 9

1:31pm Fri 20 Jun 14

theoutsider says...

Any concern that two of the four we have brought in were actually fighting a relegation battle with Notts County last season?.
Any concern that two of the four we have brought in were actually fighting a relegation battle with Notts County last season?. theoutsider
  • Score: -8

2:13pm Fri 20 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

Fáilte Alan. Great to have another quality player on board the Bradford train, Enjoy the ride!!!
Fáilte Alan. Great to have another quality player on board the Bradford train, Enjoy the ride!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 1

9:20pm Sat 21 Jun 14

hornseabantam says...

You experts amaze me! You all must have taken weeks off work, spent fortunes on travel and secretly gained UEFA Pro-licences, to watch and professionally assess the abilities of Liddle, Knotts and Sheehan so many times last season. Well, surely you did? Otherwise you wouldn't have come up with the expert negative comments about how crap all of these three players apparently are. You're clearly more experienced, knowledgeable and wise than PP, his coaching staff, scouts etc. You guys are so good, you should take over the club! Shaun for Chairman, eh?
You experts amaze me! You all must have taken weeks off work, spent fortunes on travel and secretly gained UEFA Pro-licences, to watch and professionally assess the abilities of Liddle, Knotts and Sheehan so many times last season. Well, surely you did? Otherwise you wouldn't have come up with the expert negative comments about how crap all of these three players apparently are. You're clearly more experienced, knowledgeable and wise than PP, his coaching staff, scouts etc. You guys are so good, you should take over the club! Shaun for Chairman, eh? hornseabantam
  • Score: 1

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