Mclean confident of sparking up front with Hanson at Bradford City

Bantams striker James Hanson

Bantams striker James Hanson

First published in Sport

AARON Mclean is confident he can find the right attacking blend with James Hanson.

Mclean signed off last season in confident fashion by netting two classy finishes against Crawley and Tranmere.

It raised hopes that the January capture can rekindle the goal-scoring form that forged his reputation at Peterborough the last time he played at this level.

But City fans will want to see whether Mclean's partnership with Hanson can hit it off to the same extent as when the targetman combined with Nahki Wells.

Hanson endured a frustrating finish to the campaign when his persistent back and groin issue restricted him to just one start in the final six weeks.

The front pairing of Hanson and Wells was one of the most respected in the lower divisions but with Mclean's style very different to the Bermudian, it will take time for a similar understanding to build.

Mclean said: "Obviously the manager has made it clear he wants me and Hans to lead the line – but these things take a while.

"We're totally different players but we'll both work hard and put ourselves about. It's a good problem to give the other team and hopefully we'll both nick goals.

"We've worked hard together on the training pitch and in games to make sure we get as good an understanding as possible.

"We want to go into next season, start off with a bang and be pushing for promotion. There's no reason we can't do that if we keep working hard the way we are."

ROSS HEPPENSTALL

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7:56am Tue 24 Jun 14

SouthCheshireBantams says...

Needs to stop commuting from London and get his head in the game! He's got a lot to prove, he owes us a lot given the price paid for him. Parkinson has called him back early for pre-season training because he's not fit.
Needs to stop commuting from London and get his head in the game! He's got a lot to prove, he owes us a lot given the price paid for him. Parkinson has called him back early for pre-season training because he's not fit. SouthCheshireBantams
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10:53am Tue 24 Jun 14

Belfast Bantam says...

Sky Sports; Kyei Reid set to sign for P.N.E.
Sky Sports; Kyei Reid set to sign for P.N.E. Belfast Bantam
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11:07am Tue 24 Jun 14

Plastic Bantam says...

From what we saw last season, I don't think these 2 can play together. Hope I'm wrong however.. But for me I would take McLean over Hanson, As much as I like Hanson and think he did great for us with Nahki.. He's not a natural goalscorer, where I believe McLean is! and goals win games
From what we saw last season, I don't think these 2 can play together. Hope I'm wrong however.. But for me I would take McLean over Hanson, As much as I like Hanson and think he did great for us with Nahki.. He's not a natural goalscorer, where I believe McLean is! and goals win games Plastic Bantam
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11:33am Tue 24 Jun 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Belfast Bantam wrote:
Sky Sports; Kyei Reid set to sign for P.N.E.
Well he does have a young family and wanted to move closer to London so that makes sense!
[quote][p][bold]Belfast Bantam[/bold] wrote: Sky Sports; Kyei Reid set to sign for P.N.E.[/p][/quote]Well he does have a young family and wanted to move closer to London so that makes sense! Farsley Bantam
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12:05pm Tue 24 Jun 14

SouthCheshireBantams says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
From what we saw last season, I don't think these 2 can play together. Hope I'm wrong however.. But for me I would take McLean over Hanson, As much as I like Hanson and think he did great for us with Nahki.. He's not a natural goalscorer, where I believe McLean is! and goals win games
Hanson's brilliant, it's just the shoddy service he's given by Parkinson's crap route one tactics.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: From what we saw last season, I don't think these 2 can play together. Hope I'm wrong however.. But for me I would take McLean over Hanson, As much as I like Hanson and think he did great for us with Nahki.. He's not a natural goalscorer, where I believe McLean is! and goals win games[/p][/quote]Hanson's brilliant, it's just the shoddy service he's given by Parkinson's crap route one tactics. SouthCheshireBantams
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12:08pm Tue 24 Jun 14

SouthCheshireBantams says...

McLean's too old. Waste of money, he's only got one more season at best left in him, although based on last season's showing that last season has been and gone! We're only going to have to replace him. Should have gone for youth and quality rather than age and an out of date reputation. He wasn't exactly prolific at Hull.......
McLean's too old. Waste of money, he's only got one more season at best left in him, although based on last season's showing that last season has been and gone! We're only going to have to replace him. Should have gone for youth and quality rather than age and an out of date reputation. He wasn't exactly prolific at Hull....... SouthCheshireBantams
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12:33pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Tecnotronic says...

Mclean said: "Obviously the manager has made it clear he wants me and Hans to lead the line – but these things take a while.
How long would you like Aaron.Your statement last season was "Im here to score goals."Hope your right.
Mclean said: "Obviously the manager has made it clear he wants me and Hans to lead the line – but these things take a while. How long would you like Aaron.Your statement last season was "Im here to score goals."Hope your right. Tecnotronic
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12:38pm Tue 24 Jun 14

torreyman says...

Mclean confident he can get goals with Hanson sorry to say I am far from confident
Mclean confident he can get goals with Hanson sorry to say I am far from confident torreyman
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4:06pm Tue 24 Jun 14

lawsonio123 says...

Mclean talks the talk now let him walk the walk I wish him luck for we all want to see him sore goals
Mclean talks the talk now let him walk the walk I wish him luck for we all want to see him sore goals lawsonio123
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5:28pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Victor Clayton says...

with 2 strikers you have 1 combination only. So IMO we would benefit greatly with having another senior striker.
with 2 strikers you have 1 combination only. So IMO we would benefit greatly with having another senior striker. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 6

1:18pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

We all see games differently and l see Hanson as brilliant for us and McLean yet to prove himself for us.
Its all good doing the sabre rattling but he's been more miss than hit so far. Hanson is more a provider and if Parkinson goes route one again with the McArdle hump down the middle then we're in for a lean time and probably a struggle and the bookies been proven right.
We all see games differently and l see Hanson as brilliant for us and McLean yet to prove himself for us. Its all good doing the sabre rattling but he's been more miss than hit so far. Hanson is more a provider and if Parkinson goes route one again with the McArdle hump down the middle then we're in for a lean time and probably a struggle and the bookies been proven right. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 0

6:02pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Waynus1971 says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
We all see games differently and l see Hanson as brilliant for us and McLean yet to prove himself for us.
Its all good doing the sabre rattling but he's been more miss than hit so far. Hanson is more a provider and if Parkinson goes route one again with the McArdle hump down the middle then we're in for a lean time and probably a struggle and the bookies been proven right.
But if we don't continue to "go route one again", doesn't your defence of Hanson weaken? If he isn't winning those punts down field, what will his role become? He isn't going to score more than 15 in a season so we need him to continue being a nuisance in the air. Can't do that if we play the ball on the ground all the time?
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: We all see games differently and l see Hanson as brilliant for us and McLean yet to prove himself for us. Its all good doing the sabre rattling but he's been more miss than hit so far. Hanson is more a provider and if Parkinson goes route one again with the McArdle hump down the middle then we're in for a lean time and probably a struggle and the bookies been proven right.[/p][/quote]But if we don't continue to "go route one again", doesn't your defence of Hanson weaken? If he isn't winning those punts down field, what will his role become? He isn't going to score more than 15 in a season so we need him to continue being a nuisance in the air. Can't do that if we play the ball on the ground all the time? Waynus1971
  • Score: 1

6:13pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Waynus1971 says...

Well it sounds like we aren't getting another striker to pair with Hanson & Mclean. If Billy Clarke is deemed to be a striker (**** Winger), he completes our forward line.

So, we are getting 1 or 2 keepers (depending on Jonny Mc- who apparently will be training with us tomorrow), a back-up left-back and a couple of wingers. No room for another forward unless the "five players" is on the basis McLaughlin is staying
Well it sounds like we aren't getting another striker to pair with Hanson & Mclean. If Billy Clarke is deemed to be a striker (**** Winger), he completes our forward line. So, we are getting 1 or 2 keepers (depending on Jonny Mc- who apparently will be training with us tomorrow), a back-up left-back and a couple of wingers. No room for another forward unless the "five players" is on the basis McLaughlin is staying Waynus1971
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