Raffaele De Vita must prove he is worth a second look from Bradford City

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Raffaele De Vita challenges Gary Dicker of Crawley during City's final home game of last season Raffaele De Vita challenges Gary Dicker of Crawley during City's final home game of last season

RAFFAELE De Vita is ready to step up his bid to show City he is worth a second chance.

Phil Parkinson's men are back in training after their weekend off as they prepare for the first action of pre-season.

City's warm-up programme kicks off with the traditional trip to Guiseley on Saturday ,so the emphasis at Apperley Bridge over the next few days will switch to more football.

It will be a significant spell for De Vita, who is aiming to convince Parkinson that he is worth another contract offer.

The Italian winger's first year at the club was ravaged by a thigh injury which kept him out of action for four months.

City did not take up the option of a second term on De Vita's contract – but invited him back to train with them.

Parkinson said: "With Raffa, we just wanted to look at his injury and how he's recovered because obviously it was causing concern last year.

"We haven't done much ball work so far but he has been fine with the running. We'll just see how he goes.

"We know he's a good lad who will always work really hard. He's really fit but it's just a case of checking how he gets on before deciding what might happen."

De Vita started only nine games last season but, with finances limited as City look to boost numbers, he would fit well within the budget – providing his recovery is complete.

Parkinson admits he has been "frustrated" with his recruitment plans but he still wants to add another five players before the season opens on August 9.

The City chief said: "I'm pleased with what we've got in but obviously we do need more because numbers are light. We've got a few trialists in and we'll continue to have a look at them.

"Training is going well and I was pleased with the first week. Now we'll start to do some more ball work building up to Guiseley."

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11:10am Mon 7 Jul 14

lawsonio123 says...

De Vita can be a good signing if he is over his problems he is good winger when fit and if he can keep fit he could be a asset to City I wish him well
De Vita can be a good signing if he is over his problems he is good winger when fit and if he can keep fit he could be a asset to City I wish him well lawsonio123
  • Score: 11

11:52am Mon 7 Jul 14

bazzathetyke says...

I think He is a very good old fashioned winger...
I think He is a very good old fashioned winger... bazzathetyke
  • Score: 9

12:23pm Mon 7 Jul 14

tyker2 says...

reading between the lines it seems Parky is getting a bit worried about his squad and the numbers
reading between the lines it seems Parky is getting a bit worried about his squad and the numbers tyker2
  • Score: 1

12:25pm Mon 7 Jul 14

BCFC 95 says...

De Vita is poor, why Parkinson even wants him in his team next season is beyond me. There is a lot of other wingers out there that fit the wage bill that could do a far better job than De vita did last season (when he was actually fit to play), don't waste your time and wage bill on De vita look elsewhere parky, we need pace on the wings not tortoises with no attacking intent.
De Vita is poor, why Parkinson even wants him in his team next season is beyond me. There is a lot of other wingers out there that fit the wage bill that could do a far better job than De vita did last season (when he was actually fit to play), don't waste your time and wage bill on De vita look elsewhere parky, we need pace on the wings not tortoises with no attacking intent. BCFC 95
  • Score: -9

12:36pm Mon 7 Jul 14

torreyman says...

Yes I agree De Vita is not worth a place in the B C team yes look elsewhere
Yes I agree De Vita is not worth a place in the B C team yes look elsewhere torreyman
  • Score: -6

12:43pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Michael Clayton says...

BCFC 95 wrote:
De Vita is poor, why Parkinson even wants him in his team next season is beyond me. There is a lot of other wingers out there that fit the wage bill that could do a far better job than De vita did last season (when he was actually fit to play), don't waste your time and wage bill on De vita look elsewhere parky, we need pace on the wings not tortoises with no attacking intent.
If you are planning on putting passes into channels then pace is needed.

However, if you are looking to play with ball at feet, then it is not necessary to be quick over more than a couple of yards; examples Gordon Strachan or (closer to home) Will Atkinson.

On the subject of DeVita, I think that he (along with Yeates) is capable of having a much more influential campaign. It is much too soon to write him off.
[quote][p][bold]BCFC 95[/bold] wrote: De Vita is poor, why Parkinson even wants him in his team next season is beyond me. There is a lot of other wingers out there that fit the wage bill that could do a far better job than De vita did last season (when he was actually fit to play), don't waste your time and wage bill on De vita look elsewhere parky, we need pace on the wings not tortoises with no attacking intent.[/p][/quote]If you are planning on putting passes into channels then pace is needed. However, if you are looking to play with ball at feet, then it is not necessary to be quick over more than a couple of yards; examples Gordon Strachan or (closer to home) Will Atkinson. On the subject of DeVita, I think that he (along with Yeates) is capable of having a much more influential campaign. It is much too soon to write him off. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 6

1:08pm Mon 7 Jul 14

lawsonio123 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
BCFC 95 wrote:
De Vita is poor, why Parkinson even wants him in his team next season is beyond me. There is a lot of other wingers out there that fit the wage bill that could do a far better job than De vita did last season (when he was actually fit to play), don't waste your time and wage bill on De vita look elsewhere parky, we need pace on the wings not tortoises with no attacking intent.
If you are planning on putting passes into channels then pace is needed.

However, if you are looking to play with ball at feet, then it is not necessary to be quick over more than a couple of yards; examples Gordon Strachan or (closer to home) Will Atkinson.

On the subject of DeVita, I think that he (along with Yeates) is capable of having a much more influential campaign. It is much too soon to write him off.
Hello Michael For once i agree with you your post you seem to be having a good day. This player has not had a long enough test to show his true form whatever that may be. Take care keep posting
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCFC 95[/bold] wrote: De Vita is poor, why Parkinson even wants him in his team next season is beyond me. There is a lot of other wingers out there that fit the wage bill that could do a far better job than De vita did last season (when he was actually fit to play), don't waste your time and wage bill on De vita look elsewhere parky, we need pace on the wings not tortoises with no attacking intent.[/p][/quote]If you are planning on putting passes into channels then pace is needed. However, if you are looking to play with ball at feet, then it is not necessary to be quick over more than a couple of yards; examples Gordon Strachan or (closer to home) Will Atkinson. On the subject of DeVita, I think that he (along with Yeates) is capable of having a much more influential campaign. It is much too soon to write him off.[/p][/quote]Hello Michael For once i agree with you your post you seem to be having a good day. This player has not had a long enough test to show his true form whatever that may be. Take care keep posting lawsonio123
  • Score: 4

1:21pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Victor Clayton says...

what little i saw of him i liked. seems an intelligent player and i would like to see more.
what little i saw of him i liked. seems an intelligent player and i would like to see more. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 5

1:25pm Mon 7 Jul 14

jsummers96 says...

Meredith has reportedly signed a one year deal!
Meredith has reportedly signed a one year deal! jsummers96
  • Score: 5

1:46pm Mon 7 Jul 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

jsummers96 wrote:
Meredith has reportedly signed a one year deal!
Yes, officially confirmed by the club
[quote][p][bold]jsummers96[/bold] wrote: Meredith has reportedly signed a one year deal![/p][/quote]Yes, officially confirmed by the club moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 2

1:50pm Mon 7 Jul 14

bantam1911 says...

If De Vita can prove his fitness I think he is as good as in the division and well worth keeping, On another note, Meredith signs a 1yr extension to his contract according to Sky Sports, this is looking like a very strong defence this season.
If De Vita can prove his fitness I think he is as good as in the division and well worth keeping, On another note, Meredith signs a 1yr extension to his contract according to Sky Sports, this is looking like a very strong defence this season. bantam1911
  • Score: 5

5:24pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Pablo says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
BCFC 95 wrote:
De Vita is poor, why Parkinson even wants him in his team next season is beyond me. There is a lot of other wingers out there that fit the wage bill that could do a far better job than De vita did last season (when he was actually fit to play), don't waste your time and wage bill on De vita look elsewhere parky, we need pace on the wings not tortoises with no attacking intent.
If you are planning on putting passes into channels then pace is needed.

However, if you are looking to play with ball at feet, then it is not necessary to be quick over more than a couple of yards; examples Gordon Strachan or (closer to home) Will Atkinson.

On the subject of DeVita, I think that he (along with Yeates) is capable of having a much more influential campaign. It is much too soon to write him off.
Lonnie, your posts in contradiction of other posters comments are taking on peter type proportions.

And.....stop harking on about Atkinson. Even I'm quicker than him.

In true Lonnie style.....please explain why Yeates and De Vita are capable of having more influential campaigns. You've obviously seen something I haven't.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCFC 95[/bold] wrote: De Vita is poor, why Parkinson even wants him in his team next season is beyond me. There is a lot of other wingers out there that fit the wage bill that could do a far better job than De vita did last season (when he was actually fit to play), don't waste your time and wage bill on De vita look elsewhere parky, we need pace on the wings not tortoises with no attacking intent.[/p][/quote]If you are planning on putting passes into channels then pace is needed. However, if you are looking to play with ball at feet, then it is not necessary to be quick over more than a couple of yards; examples Gordon Strachan or (closer to home) Will Atkinson. On the subject of DeVita, I think that he (along with Yeates) is capable of having a much more influential campaign. It is much too soon to write him off.[/p][/quote]Lonnie, your posts in contradiction of other posters comments are taking on peter type proportions. And.....stop harking on about Atkinson. Even I'm quicker than him. In true Lonnie style.....please explain why Yeates and De Vita are capable of having more influential campaigns. You've obviously seen something I haven't. Pablo
  • Score: 1

5:52pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Hove edge bantam says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
BCFC 95 wrote:
De Vita is poor, why Parkinson even wants him in his team next season is beyond me. There is a lot of other wingers out there that fit the wage bill that could do a far better job than De vita did last season (when he was actually fit to play), don't waste your time and wage bill on De vita look elsewhere parky, we need pace on the wings not tortoises with no attacking intent.
If you are planning on putting passes into channels then pace is needed.

However, if you are looking to play with ball at feet, then it is not necessary to be quick over more than a couple of yards; examples Gordon Strachan or (closer to home) Will Atkinson.

On the subject of DeVita, I think that he (along with Yeates) is capable of having a much more influential campaign. It is much too soon to write him off.
Great post Michael agree entirely
Take care and enjoy every kick of the new season
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCFC 95[/bold] wrote: De Vita is poor, why Parkinson even wants him in his team next season is beyond me. There is a lot of other wingers out there that fit the wage bill that could do a far better job than De vita did last season (when he was actually fit to play), don't waste your time and wage bill on De vita look elsewhere parky, we need pace on the wings not tortoises with no attacking intent.[/p][/quote]If you are planning on putting passes into channels then pace is needed. However, if you are looking to play with ball at feet, then it is not necessary to be quick over more than a couple of yards; examples Gordon Strachan or (closer to home) Will Atkinson. On the subject of DeVita, I think that he (along with Yeates) is capable of having a much more influential campaign. It is much too soon to write him off.[/p][/quote]Great post Michael agree entirely Take care and enjoy every kick of the new season Hove edge bantam
  • Score: 2

11:02pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Prettyinpink91 says...

Can be good, lets no heap loads of pressure on and let him find his feet
Can be good, lets no heap loads of pressure on and let him find his feet Prettyinpink91
  • Score: 0

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