James Meredith can boost Bradford City's "five star" defence says Lawn

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: James Meredith signs his new contract at City's Apperley Bridge training base James Meredith signs his new contract at City's Apperley Bridge training base

MARK Lawn reckons City can boast the best defence in League One after securing James Meredith for another year.

The Australian ended a summer of uncertainty over his own position by signing for next season.

It pits him straight into a head-to-head battle with former Notts County skipper Alan Sheehan for the starting left-back slot.

And according to joint-chairman Lawn, Meredith's decision to stay gives Phil Parkinson an embarrassment of riches at the back.

Lawn said: "I've always thought we had the best back four in the league. Well, now I think we've got the best five with James there.

"I think he's got a bit to prove. That's why we've tailored it as we have.

"We looked elsewhere when he said he wanted to look around. But he wants to come back to Bradford City – and that's not an option that was forced on him.

"James still wants to get into the Australian national side and I think he believes the profile of Bradford City will be high enough to hopefully push him forward.

"If we can get the best out of him, he'll get a first cap for Australia."

Meredith played every game for the first half of last season before breaking his foot in training at the start of January.

That ruled him out for almost four months, although he recovered in time to come off the bench twice at Swindon and Tranmere.

The 26-year-old full back, who had turned down City's original offer, faces a real fight for the first-choice role following the recent arrival of Sheehan – who played 44 games, and scored seven goals, in Notts County's successful attempt to beat the drop.

Lawn said: "James has got to do what's best for him. He looked around for something else and we obviously started doing the same.

"We brought in Alan Sheehan, who I think is an exceptional left back. He's a very versatile player as well because he played well at centre half for Notts County last season and even in midfield.

"He got the same plaudits there as Stephen Darby did for us and won all the awards from the player of the year. So he was a good capture for us.

"Now it's looking really good to have James back as well and pushing for that position.

"All the fans know what sort of exciting players they are. James likes to attack and Sheehan certainly does.

"Both of them have that ability to overlap. If we can get someone on that left side who's a bit fast as well, that will be a very good attacking option for us."

Fellow defenders Darby and Rory McArdle had already signed new three-year contracts, while defensive lynchpin Andrew Davies still has another season to go on his current deal.

Meanwhile, discussions are still ongoing over goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.

* The Bantams will visit Farsley on Tuesday, July 22 (7.30pm) in a friendly. It is pay on the gate, with adults £7 and concessions (over-65s, under-16s and students) £4.

Comments (21)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:34am Tue 8 Jul 14

tyker2 says...

now for competition up front and goal keeping eh?
now for competition up front and goal keeping eh? tyker2
  • Score: 5

8:46am Tue 8 Jul 14

jsummers96 says...

tyker2 wrote:
now for competition up front and goal keeping eh?
why when we've got McLean, Hanson, Mcburnie and now Clarke? what we need now is another goalkeeper or two regarding jonny macs contract situation plus two wingers with pace to make the team more versatile
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: now for competition up front and goal keeping eh?[/p][/quote]why when we've got McLean, Hanson, Mcburnie and now Clarke? what we need now is another goalkeeper or two regarding jonny macs contract situation plus two wingers with pace to make the team more versatile jsummers96
  • Score: 12

8:58am Tue 8 Jul 14

dannbradfc says...

jsummers96 wrote:
tyker2 wrote: now for competition up front and goal keeping eh?
why when we've got McLean, Hanson, Mcburnie and now Clarke? what we need now is another goalkeeper or two regarding jonny macs contract situation plus two wingers with pace to make the team more versatile
What?

hanson as injuries.
Maclean still to show really, that he's got it.
McBurnie - still learning and yet to score a goal i think.
Clarke- played on left alot.

Up-shot is we could do with another forward. At least someone with pace/mobility. Mcburnie as no pace. James and maclean both quite nippy for their size......

also depends if we are to play with a target man. James is the only 'real' one out of that lot that can play this way.......maclean possibly but not aerial wise.......
[quote][p][bold]jsummers96[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: now for competition up front and goal keeping eh?[/p][/quote]why when we've got McLean, Hanson, Mcburnie and now Clarke? what we need now is another goalkeeper or two regarding jonny macs contract situation plus two wingers with pace to make the team more versatile[/p][/quote]What? hanson as injuries. Maclean still to show really, that he's got it. McBurnie - still learning and yet to score a goal i think. Clarke- played on left alot. Up-shot is we could do with another forward. At least someone with pace/mobility. Mcburnie as no pace. James and maclean both quite nippy for their size...... also depends if we are to play with a target man. James is the only 'real' one out of that lot that can play this way.......maclean possibly but not aerial wise....... dannbradfc
  • Score: -13

10:18am Tue 8 Jul 14

jsummers96 says...

dannbradfc wrote:
jsummers96 wrote:
tyker2 wrote: now for competition up front and goal keeping eh?
why when we've got McLean, Hanson, Mcburnie and now Clarke? what we need now is another goalkeeper or two regarding jonny macs contract situation plus two wingers with pace to make the team more versatile
What?

hanson as injuries.
Maclean still to show really, that he's got it.
McBurnie - still learning and yet to score a goal i think.
Clarke- played on left alot.

Up-shot is we could do with another forward. At least someone with pace/mobility. Mcburnie as no pace. James and maclean both quite nippy for their size......

also depends if we are to play with a target man. James is the only 'real' one out of that lot that can play this way.......maclean possibly but not aerial wise.......
what team has 5 strikers?? and clarke is a striker you doofus, we used to play oliver upfront sometimes but he was always a cb you gloyt
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jsummers96[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: now for competition up front and goal keeping eh?[/p][/quote]why when we've got McLean, Hanson, Mcburnie and now Clarke? what we need now is another goalkeeper or two regarding jonny macs contract situation plus two wingers with pace to make the team more versatile[/p][/quote]What? hanson as injuries. Maclean still to show really, that he's got it. McBurnie - still learning and yet to score a goal i think. Clarke- played on left alot. Up-shot is we could do with another forward. At least someone with pace/mobility. Mcburnie as no pace. James and maclean both quite nippy for their size...... also depends if we are to play with a target man. James is the only 'real' one out of that lot that can play this way.......maclean possibly but not aerial wise.......[/p][/quote]what team has 5 strikers?? and clarke is a striker you doofus, we used to play oliver upfront sometimes but he was always a cb you gloyt jsummers96
  • Score: 6

10:20am Tue 8 Jul 14

Peter300 says...

tyker2 wrote:
now for competition up front and goal keeping eh?
As Mr. Lawn has already told you: Don't panic.
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: now for competition up front and goal keeping eh?[/p][/quote]As Mr. Lawn has already told you: Don't panic. Peter300
  • Score: 5

10:24am Tue 8 Jul 14

Peter300 says...

jsummers96 wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
jsummers96 wrote:
tyker2 wrote: now for competition up front and goal keeping eh?
why when we've got McLean, Hanson, Mcburnie and now Clarke? what we need now is another goalkeeper or two regarding jonny macs contract situation plus two wingers with pace to make the team more versatile
What?

hanson as injuries.
Maclean still to show really, that he's got it.
McBurnie - still learning and yet to score a goal i think.
Clarke- played on left alot.

Up-shot is we could do with another forward. At least someone with pace/mobility. Mcburnie as no pace. James and maclean both quite nippy for their size......

also depends if we are to play with a target man. James is the only 'real' one out of that lot that can play this way.......maclean possibly but not aerial wise.......
what team has 5 strikers?? and clarke is a striker you doofus, we used to play oliver upfront sometimes but he was always a cb you gloyt
Dear person, some teams do have five strikers.
[quote][p][bold]jsummers96[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jsummers96[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: now for competition up front and goal keeping eh?[/p][/quote]why when we've got McLean, Hanson, Mcburnie and now Clarke? what we need now is another goalkeeper or two regarding jonny macs contract situation plus two wingers with pace to make the team more versatile[/p][/quote]What? hanson as injuries. Maclean still to show really, that he's got it. McBurnie - still learning and yet to score a goal i think. Clarke- played on left alot. Up-shot is we could do with another forward. At least someone with pace/mobility. Mcburnie as no pace. James and maclean both quite nippy for their size...... also depends if we are to play with a target man. James is the only 'real' one out of that lot that can play this way.......maclean possibly but not aerial wise.......[/p][/quote]what team has 5 strikers?? and clarke is a striker you doofus, we used to play oliver upfront sometimes but he was always a cb you gloyt[/p][/quote]Dear person, some teams do have five strikers. Peter300
  • Score: -7

10:46am Tue 8 Jul 14

northyorksbantam says...

I wonder what Meredith thought he was going to find. His form was patchy for the 1St part of last season, then he was out for virtually 5 month's. How can other clubs have been watching him when he hasn't played, think he or his agent are living in dreamland. He has had one good season in league 2 but even then had significant time out with injuries. Other than that he has been none league. Those sort of stats don't make a championship player. He certainly has potential but has yet to show he can do it at L1 level.

He has plenty to prove this season and think Parky will start with Sheehan so may have to wait to get his chance. Am also glad Mark Lawn isn't trying to convert him to a winger unlike some on here!
I wonder what Meredith thought he was going to find. His form was patchy for the 1St part of last season, then he was out for virtually 5 month's. How can other clubs have been watching him when he hasn't played, think he or his agent are living in dreamland. He has had one good season in league 2 but even then had significant time out with injuries. Other than that he has been none league. Those sort of stats don't make a championship player. He certainly has potential but has yet to show he can do it at L1 level. He has plenty to prove this season and think Parky will start with Sheehan so may have to wait to get his chance. Am also glad Mark Lawn isn't trying to convert him to a winger unlike some on here! northyorksbantam
  • Score: 8

12:32pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

In what is one of the shortest chosen careers I see no problem in any player looking for a better deal to ply the same trade. Mez looked, found nothing better or to his liking and signed.

The delay actually helped us as it forced our hand into bringing in another left back and we now have a little strength in depth in that area.
In what is one of the shortest chosen careers I see no problem in any player looking for a better deal to ply the same trade. Mez looked, found nothing better or to his liking and signed. The delay actually helped us as it forced our hand into bringing in another left back and we now have a little strength in depth in that area. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 3

1:47pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Plastic Bantam says...

northyorksbantam wrote:
I wonder what Meredith thought he was going to find. His form was patchy for the 1St part of last season, then he was out for virtually 5 month's. How can other clubs have been watching him when he hasn't played, think he or his agent are living in dreamland. He has had one good season in league 2 but even then had significant time out with injuries. Other than that he has been none league. Those sort of stats don't make a championship player. He certainly has potential but has yet to show he can do it at L1 level. He has plenty to prove this season and think Parky will start with Sheehan so may have to wait to get his chance. Am also glad Mark Lawn isn't trying to convert him to a winger unlike some on here!
There is a difference between a winger and a left sided Midfield player.

He shows when he plays he likes to get behind defenders and put balls in the box.. You don't need to be a tricky winger to do that.. You just need a midfield who can feed the ball through the defence. and it looks like we're buying players who can do that. I think Meredith would make a good left sided midfield player. As long as he is not expected to do the same as Reid!
[quote][p][bold]northyorksbantam[/bold] wrote: I wonder what Meredith thought he was going to find. His form was patchy for the 1St part of last season, then he was out for virtually 5 month's. How can other clubs have been watching him when he hasn't played, think he or his agent are living in dreamland. He has had one good season in league 2 but even then had significant time out with injuries. Other than that he has been none league. Those sort of stats don't make a championship player. He certainly has potential but has yet to show he can do it at L1 level. He has plenty to prove this season and think Parky will start with Sheehan so may have to wait to get his chance. Am also glad Mark Lawn isn't trying to convert him to a winger unlike some on here![/p][/quote]There is a difference between a winger and a left sided Midfield player. He shows when he plays he likes to get behind defenders and put balls in the box.. You don't need to be a tricky winger to do that.. You just need a midfield who can feed the ball through the defence. and it looks like we're buying players who can do that. I think Meredith would make a good left sided midfield player. As long as he is not expected to do the same as Reid! Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 1

3:11pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Pablo says...

Most players smile when they're signing a new contract. James doesn't look to be "over the moon".

All in stark contrast to Darby when he re-signed.

As someone said above, an indifferent first half to last season, then a long period out injured. Did he honestly think clubs would be queuing up to sign him?

Personally, I'm only interested in players who want to play for the club. I believe Jonny Mac does and that's why he started pre season training., whilst negotiations continue. Evidently, Meredith didn't.
Most players smile when they're signing a new contract. James doesn't look to be "over the moon". All in stark contrast to Darby when he re-signed. As someone said above, an indifferent first half to last season, then a long period out injured. Did he honestly think clubs would be queuing up to sign him? Personally, I'm only interested in players who want to play for the club. I believe Jonny Mac does and that's why he started pre season training., whilst negotiations continue. Evidently, Meredith didn't. Pablo
  • Score: 0

3:19pm Tue 8 Jul 14

whisky1 says...

Not sure its particularly sensible to try to deduce a players attitude from a photograph
Not sure its particularly sensible to try to deduce a players attitude from a photograph whisky1
  • Score: 5

3:28pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Michael Clayton says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
northyorksbantam wrote:
I wonder what Meredith thought he was going to find. His form was patchy for the 1St part of last season, then he was out for virtually 5 month's. How can other clubs have been watching him when he hasn't played, think he or his agent are living in dreamland. He has had one good season in league 2 but even then had significant time out with injuries. Other than that he has been none league. Those sort of stats don't make a championship player. He certainly has potential but has yet to show he can do it at L1 level. He has plenty to prove this season and think Parky will start with Sheehan so may have to wait to get his chance. Am also glad Mark Lawn isn't trying to convert him to a winger unlike some on here!
There is a difference between a winger and a left sided Midfield player.

He shows when he plays he likes to get behind defenders and put balls in the box.. You don't need to be a tricky winger to do that.. You just need a midfield who can feed the ball through the defence. and it looks like we're buying players who can do that. I think Meredith would make a good left sided midfield player. As long as he is not expected to do the same as Reid!
The first sign of a change in style came with the signing of McLean. Each subsequent addition supports what you are saying.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]northyorksbantam[/bold] wrote: I wonder what Meredith thought he was going to find. His form was patchy for the 1St part of last season, then he was out for virtually 5 month's. How can other clubs have been watching him when he hasn't played, think he or his agent are living in dreamland. He has had one good season in league 2 but even then had significant time out with injuries. Other than that he has been none league. Those sort of stats don't make a championship player. He certainly has potential but has yet to show he can do it at L1 level. He has plenty to prove this season and think Parky will start with Sheehan so may have to wait to get his chance. Am also glad Mark Lawn isn't trying to convert him to a winger unlike some on here![/p][/quote]There is a difference between a winger and a left sided Midfield player. He shows when he plays he likes to get behind defenders and put balls in the box.. You don't need to be a tricky winger to do that.. You just need a midfield who can feed the ball through the defence. and it looks like we're buying players who can do that. I think Meredith would make a good left sided midfield player. As long as he is not expected to do the same as Reid![/p][/quote]The first sign of a change in style came with the signing of McLean. Each subsequent addition supports what you are saying. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 3

3:56pm Tue 8 Jul 14

northyorksbantam says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
northyorksbantam wrote: I wonder what Meredith thought he was going to find. His form was patchy for the 1St part of last season, then he was out for virtually 5 month's. How can other clubs have been watching him when he hasn't played, think he or his agent are living in dreamland. He has had one good season in league 2 but even then had significant time out with injuries. Other than that he has been none league. Those sort of stats don't make a championship player. He certainly has potential but has yet to show he can do it at L1 level. He has plenty to prove this season and think Parky will start with Sheehan so may have to wait to get his chance. Am also glad Mark Lawn isn't trying to convert him to a winger unlike some on here!
There is a difference between a winger and a left sided Midfield player. He shows when he plays he likes to get behind defenders and put balls in the box.. You don't need to be a tricky winger to do that.. You just need a midfield who can feed the ball through the defence. and it looks like we're buying players who can do that. I think Meredith would make a good left sided midfield player. As long as he is not expected to do the same as Reid!
just because he likes to make runs forward and put some balls into the box doesn't make him a left sided midfielder, it's what most full backs worth there salt do these day's and he generally does this in support of a winger, I don't see a clamour for Ashley Cole or Luke Shaw to become midfielders.. He is also a good defender against most things that come his way. He is not easily beaten and has a bit of pace. It's a specialist position and he has potential to be very good at it, he has openly said this is where he wants to play so why try change him? I certainly don't see him as being the answer to our lack of goals from midfield because he is primarily a defender.. In addition Parky has gone out and got some left footers in and is also rumoured to be wanting a replacement for Reid, so there is really no need to consider it for anything other than an emergency in my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]northyorksbantam[/bold] wrote: I wonder what Meredith thought he was going to find. His form was patchy for the 1St part of last season, then he was out for virtually 5 month's. How can other clubs have been watching him when he hasn't played, think he or his agent are living in dreamland. He has had one good season in league 2 but even then had significant time out with injuries. Other than that he has been none league. Those sort of stats don't make a championship player. He certainly has potential but has yet to show he can do it at L1 level. He has plenty to prove this season and think Parky will start with Sheehan so may have to wait to get his chance. Am also glad Mark Lawn isn't trying to convert him to a winger unlike some on here![/p][/quote]There is a difference between a winger and a left sided Midfield player. He shows when he plays he likes to get behind defenders and put balls in the box.. You don't need to be a tricky winger to do that.. You just need a midfield who can feed the ball through the defence. and it looks like we're buying players who can do that. I think Meredith would make a good left sided midfield player. As long as he is not expected to do the same as Reid![/p][/quote]just because he likes to make runs forward and put some balls into the box doesn't make him a left sided midfielder, it's what most full backs worth there salt do these day's and he generally does this in support of a winger, I don't see a clamour for Ashley Cole or Luke Shaw to become midfielders.. He is also a good defender against most things that come his way. He is not easily beaten and has a bit of pace. It's a specialist position and he has potential to be very good at it, he has openly said this is where he wants to play so why try change him? I certainly don't see him as being the answer to our lack of goals from midfield because he is primarily a defender.. In addition Parky has gone out and got some left footers in and is also rumoured to be wanting a replacement for Reid, so there is really no need to consider it for anything other than an emergency in my opinion. northyorksbantam
  • Score: 0

4:06pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Bantambhoy says...

Have any of you guys who have been to training seen anything of Hanson? There haven't been any photo's of him or comments about him in the T&A lately. Am I unduly worried?
Have any of you guys who have been to training seen anything of Hanson? There haven't been any photo's of him or comments about him in the T&A lately. Am I unduly worried? Bantambhoy
  • Score: 1

4:40pm Tue 8 Jul 14

northyorksbantam says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
northyorksbantam wrote: I wonder what Meredith thought he was going to find. His form was patchy for the 1St part of last season, then he was out for virtually 5 month's. How can other clubs have been watching him when he hasn't played, think he or his agent are living in dreamland. He has had one good season in league 2 but even then had significant time out with injuries. Other than that he has been none league. Those sort of stats don't make a championship player. He certainly has potential but has yet to show he can do it at L1 level. He has plenty to prove this season and think Parky will start with Sheehan so may have to wait to get his chance. Am also glad Mark Lawn isn't trying to convert him to a winger unlike some on here!
There is a difference between a winger and a left sided Midfield player. He shows when he plays he likes to get behind defenders and put balls in the box.. You don't need to be a tricky winger to do that.. You just need a midfield who can feed the ball through the defence. and it looks like we're buying players who can do that. I think Meredith would make a good left sided midfield player. As long as he is not expected to do the same as Reid!
The first sign of a change in style came with the signing of McLean. Each subsequent addition supports what you are saying.
Hello Michael. Can you expand on this, I am mainly interested to know why the signing of McLean and each subsequent addition (as you say) would support Meredith moving to left midfield. As an example why would the addition of 2 left midfielders to the squad support Meredith moving to left midfield as well? Surely the addition of these players would negate the need for Meredith to move from a position he can be very good at and wants to play,, to one which he is not at all familiar with? Do you think Parky would have brought these players in if he thought Meredith would or could play in midfield?
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]northyorksbantam[/bold] wrote: I wonder what Meredith thought he was going to find. His form was patchy for the 1St part of last season, then he was out for virtually 5 month's. How can other clubs have been watching him when he hasn't played, think he or his agent are living in dreamland. He has had one good season in league 2 but even then had significant time out with injuries. Other than that he has been none league. Those sort of stats don't make a championship player. He certainly has potential but has yet to show he can do it at L1 level. He has plenty to prove this season and think Parky will start with Sheehan so may have to wait to get his chance. Am also glad Mark Lawn isn't trying to convert him to a winger unlike some on here![/p][/quote]There is a difference between a winger and a left sided Midfield player. He shows when he plays he likes to get behind defenders and put balls in the box.. You don't need to be a tricky winger to do that.. You just need a midfield who can feed the ball through the defence. and it looks like we're buying players who can do that. I think Meredith would make a good left sided midfield player. As long as he is not expected to do the same as Reid![/p][/quote]The first sign of a change in style came with the signing of McLean. Each subsequent addition supports what you are saying.[/p][/quote]Hello Michael. Can you expand on this, I am mainly interested to know why the signing of McLean and each subsequent addition (as you say) would support Meredith moving to left midfield. As an example why would the addition of 2 left midfielders to the squad support Meredith moving to left midfield as well? Surely the addition of these players would negate the need for Meredith to move from a position he can be very good at and wants to play,, to one which he is not at all familiar with? Do you think Parky would have brought these players in if he thought Meredith would or could play in midfield? northyorksbantam
  • Score: 1

5:11pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Pablo says...

whisky1 wrote:
Not sure its particularly sensible to try to deduce a players attitude from a photograph
An expression says it all.

If in doubt, have a look at Rolf Harris's mug shot
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: Not sure its particularly sensible to try to deduce a players attitude from a photograph[/p][/quote]An expression says it all. If in doubt, have a look at Rolf Harris's mug shot Pablo
  • Score: -1

5:30pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Korky the Cat says...

Pablo wrote:
whisky1 wrote:
Not sure its particularly sensible to try to deduce a players attitude from a photograph
An expression says it all.

If in doubt, have a look at Rolf Harris's mug shot
Meridith, if you tart yourself around other clubs then fine. But don't expect to start in Parky's first eleven. You have a lot to prove and need to get your ego in check. Have a great season, do the businesses , then consider yourself good enough for the championship
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: Not sure its particularly sensible to try to deduce a players attitude from a photograph[/p][/quote]An expression says it all. If in doubt, have a look at Rolf Harris's mug shot[/p][/quote]Meridith, if you tart yourself around other clubs then fine. But don't expect to start in Parky's first eleven. You have a lot to prove and need to get your ego in check. Have a great season, do the businesses , then consider yourself good enough for the championship Korky the Cat
  • Score: 2

5:48pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Nickloza says...

Bantambhoy wrote:
Have any of you guys who have been to training seen anything of Hanson? There haven't been any photo's of him or comments about him in the T&A lately. Am I unduly worried?
Yes he's been training, so no don't worry.
[quote][p][bold]Bantambhoy[/bold] wrote: Have any of you guys who have been to training seen anything of Hanson? There haven't been any photo's of him or comments about him in the T&A lately. Am I unduly worried?[/p][/quote]Yes he's been training, so no don't worry. Nickloza
  • Score: 0

6:01pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Bantambhoy says...

Nickloza wrote:
Bantambhoy wrote:
Have any of you guys who have been to training seen anything of Hanson? There haven't been any photo's of him or comments about him in the T&A lately. Am I unduly worried?
Yes he's been training, so no don't worry.
Thanks N
[quote][p][bold]Nickloza[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantambhoy[/bold] wrote: Have any of you guys who have been to training seen anything of Hanson? There haven't been any photo's of him or comments about him in the T&A lately. Am I unduly worried?[/p][/quote]Yes he's been training, so no don't worry.[/p][/quote]Thanks N Bantambhoy
  • Score: 0

8:34am Wed 9 Jul 14

Michael Clayton says...

northyorksbantam wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
northyorksbantam wrote: I wonder what Meredith thought he was going to find. His form was patchy for the 1St part of last season, then he was out for virtually 5 month's. How can other clubs have been watching him when he hasn't played, think he or his agent are living in dreamland. He has had one good season in league 2 but even then had significant time out with injuries. Other than that he has been none league. Those sort of stats don't make a championship player. He certainly has potential but has yet to show he can do it at L1 level. He has plenty to prove this season and think Parky will start with Sheehan so may have to wait to get his chance. Am also glad Mark Lawn isn't trying to convert him to a winger unlike some on here!
There is a difference between a winger and a left sided Midfield player. He shows when he plays he likes to get behind defenders and put balls in the box.. You don't need to be a tricky winger to do that.. You just need a midfield who can feed the ball through the defence. and it looks like we're buying players who can do that. I think Meredith would make a good left sided midfield player. As long as he is not expected to do the same as Reid!
The first sign of a change in style came with the signing of McLean. Each subsequent addition supports what you are saying.
Hello Michael. Can you expand on this, I am mainly interested to know why the signing of McLean and each subsequent addition (as you say) would support Meredith moving to left midfield. As an example why would the addition of 2 left midfielders to the squad support Meredith moving to left midfield as well? Surely the addition of these players would negate the need for Meredith to move from a position he can be very good at and wants to play,, to one which he is not at all familiar with? Do you think Parky would have brought these players in if he thought Meredith would or could play in midfield?
Hello. My previous comment was to support the view expressed by Plastic Bantam. It immediately switched my focus to a style of play that will be different this season.

The change in football philosophy enables Meredith to occupy more than one position. As such, he is a different propostion when compared to the previous campaigns. Less of a specialist and more or a squad player perhaps?

I do think that Parky would have brought these players in any case. This is because I do not think that Meredith will be in the starting eleven although I do feel he has the ability to force his way in.

The signing did throw me a bit. I had reason to beleive that Meredith was history. Parky obviously sees something in him.

I hope this answers your questions.
[quote][p][bold]northyorksbantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]northyorksbantam[/bold] wrote: I wonder what Meredith thought he was going to find. His form was patchy for the 1St part of last season, then he was out for virtually 5 month's. How can other clubs have been watching him when he hasn't played, think he or his agent are living in dreamland. He has had one good season in league 2 but even then had significant time out with injuries. Other than that he has been none league. Those sort of stats don't make a championship player. He certainly has potential but has yet to show he can do it at L1 level. He has plenty to prove this season and think Parky will start with Sheehan so may have to wait to get his chance. Am also glad Mark Lawn isn't trying to convert him to a winger unlike some on here![/p][/quote]There is a difference between a winger and a left sided Midfield player. He shows when he plays he likes to get behind defenders and put balls in the box.. You don't need to be a tricky winger to do that.. You just need a midfield who can feed the ball through the defence. and it looks like we're buying players who can do that. I think Meredith would make a good left sided midfield player. As long as he is not expected to do the same as Reid![/p][/quote]The first sign of a change in style came with the signing of McLean. Each subsequent addition supports what you are saying.[/p][/quote]Hello Michael. Can you expand on this, I am mainly interested to know why the signing of McLean and each subsequent addition (as you say) would support Meredith moving to left midfield. As an example why would the addition of 2 left midfielders to the squad support Meredith moving to left midfield as well? Surely the addition of these players would negate the need for Meredith to move from a position he can be very good at and wants to play,, to one which he is not at all familiar with? Do you think Parky would have brought these players in if he thought Meredith would or could play in midfield?[/p][/quote]Hello. My previous comment was to support the view expressed by Plastic Bantam. It immediately switched my focus to a style of play that will be different this season. The change in football philosophy enables Meredith to occupy more than one position. As such, he is a different propostion when compared to the previous campaigns. Less of a specialist and more or a squad player perhaps? I do think that Parky would have brought these players in any case. This is because I do not think that Meredith will be in the starting eleven although I do feel he has the ability to force his way in. The signing did throw me a bit. I had reason to beleive that Meredith was history. Parky obviously sees something in him. I hope this answers your questions. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -1

10:50am Fri 11 Jul 14

northyorksbantam says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
northyorksbantam wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
northyorksbantam wrote: I wonder what Meredith thought he was going to find. His form was patchy for the 1St part of last season, then he was out for virtually 5 month's. How can other clubs have been watching him when he hasn't played, think he or his agent are living in dreamland. He has had one good season in league 2 but even then had significant time out with injuries. Other than that he has been none league. Those sort of stats don't make a championship player. He certainly has potential but has yet to show he can do it at L1 level. He has plenty to prove this season and think Parky will start with Sheehan so may have to wait to get his chance. Am also glad Mark Lawn isn't trying to convert him to a winger unlike some on here!
There is a difference between a winger and a left sided Midfield player. He shows when he plays he likes to get behind defenders and put balls in the box.. You don't need to be a tricky winger to do that.. You just need a midfield who can feed the ball through the defence. and it looks like we're buying players who can do that. I think Meredith would make a good left sided midfield player. As long as he is not expected to do the same as Reid!
The first sign of a change in style came with the signing of McLean. Each subsequent addition supports what you are saying.
Hello Michael. Can you expand on this, I am mainly interested to know why the signing of McLean and each subsequent addition (as you say) would support Meredith moving to left midfield. As an example why would the addition of 2 left midfielders to the squad support Meredith moving to left midfield as well? Surely the addition of these players would negate the need for Meredith to move from a position he can be very good at and wants to play,, to one which he is not at all familiar with? Do you think Parky would have brought these players in if he thought Meredith would or could play in midfield?
Hello. My previous comment was to support the view expressed by Plastic Bantam. It immediately switched my focus to a style of play that will be different this season. The change in football philosophy enables Meredith to occupy more than one position. As such, he is a different propostion when compared to the previous campaigns. Less of a specialist and more or a squad player perhaps? I do think that Parky would have brought these players in any case. This is because I do not think that Meredith will be in the starting eleven although I do feel he has the ability to force his way in. The signing did throw me a bit. I had reason to beleive that Meredith was history. Parky obviously sees something in him. I hope this answers your questions.
Not specifically, but I see a little what you are trying to say, although I don't agree Meredith will be considered for a midfield role unless there is an injury crisis for the reasons I have already given. He is still a left back whether we have changed our philosophy or not. Other left sided players have come in to (hopefully) make the change of philosophy work.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]northyorksbantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]northyorksbantam[/bold] wrote: I wonder what Meredith thought he was going to find. His form was patchy for the 1St part of last season, then he was out for virtually 5 month's. How can other clubs have been watching him when he hasn't played, think he or his agent are living in dreamland. He has had one good season in league 2 but even then had significant time out with injuries. Other than that he has been none league. Those sort of stats don't make a championship player. He certainly has potential but has yet to show he can do it at L1 level. He has plenty to prove this season and think Parky will start with Sheehan so may have to wait to get his chance. Am also glad Mark Lawn isn't trying to convert him to a winger unlike some on here![/p][/quote]There is a difference between a winger and a left sided Midfield player. He shows when he plays he likes to get behind defenders and put balls in the box.. You don't need to be a tricky winger to do that.. You just need a midfield who can feed the ball through the defence. and it looks like we're buying players who can do that. I think Meredith would make a good left sided midfield player. As long as he is not expected to do the same as Reid![/p][/quote]The first sign of a change in style came with the signing of McLean. Each subsequent addition supports what you are saying.[/p][/quote]Hello Michael. Can you expand on this, I am mainly interested to know why the signing of McLean and each subsequent addition (as you say) would support Meredith moving to left midfield. As an example why would the addition of 2 left midfielders to the squad support Meredith moving to left midfield as well? Surely the addition of these players would negate the need for Meredith to move from a position he can be very good at and wants to play,, to one which he is not at all familiar with? Do you think Parky would have brought these players in if he thought Meredith would or could play in midfield?[/p][/quote]Hello. My previous comment was to support the view expressed by Plastic Bantam. It immediately switched my focus to a style of play that will be different this season. The change in football philosophy enables Meredith to occupy more than one position. As such, he is a different propostion when compared to the previous campaigns. Less of a specialist and more or a squad player perhaps? I do think that Parky would have brought these players in any case. This is because I do not think that Meredith will be in the starting eleven although I do feel he has the ability to force his way in. The signing did throw me a bit. I had reason to beleive that Meredith was history. Parky obviously sees something in him. I hope this answers your questions.[/p][/quote]Not specifically, but I see a little what you are trying to say, although I don't agree Meredith will be considered for a midfield role unless there is an injury crisis for the reasons I have already given. He is still a left back whether we have changed our philosophy or not. Other left sided players have come in to (hopefully) make the change of philosophy work. northyorksbantam
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree