Mark Lawn: Top Bradford City targets are still on the agenda

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: James Meredith (centre) back in the bunch at pre-season training James Meredith (centre) back in the bunch at pre-season training

CITY are still on course to land some of their leading targets in time for the new season, according to Mark Lawn.

Phil Parkinson's squad are light on numbers as they head into the opening friendly at Guiseley on Saturday.

The goalkeeper position has got to be sorted, although Jon McLaughlin continues to train with the club, and there are vacancies on both wings.

Parkinson has captured five players so far as well as re-signing defenders Stephen Darby, Rory McArdle and James Meredith. But with seven gone from the side that finished last season, the Valley Parade ranks still need beefing up.

The City chief plans to hit the loan route but will have to wait for the green light from the clubs concerned before they are prepared to let the players go.

But Lawn stressed that the names City are patiently chasing were high on their wanted list.

The joint-chairman said: "I think it's a big season for Phil. He realises he's got his squad together and who he wants.

"There are a couple more to come in but we might have to wait for them. We need to make sure we get the right people.

"But you look at the ones he's after and his key targets are still there and available. He's told me who he fancies.

"Some of them may have gone but we don't just have a list of one name.You make a list of three or four and there are still players around who we are interested in."

Parkinson is currently running the rule over a couple of trialists, who could get an outing at Nethermoor.

Meredith will be involved after returning to the fold this week and committing himself to a further one-year deal.

The Australian left back had been looking elsewhere after rejecting City's first offer and Lawn cited his case as an example of the club's patient approach paying off.

He said: "We didn't rush it and we've got who we wanted. We wanted James back and now he's here.

"If you do take your time, sometimes you do get what you want and improve the squad as well.

"Alan Sheehan's certainly done that and to have the two of them fighting for that one position is an excellent partnership."

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8:14am Thu 10 Jul 14

Bantam mitch says...

who are the players we have on trail?
who are the players we have on trail? Bantam mitch
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8:28am Thu 10 Jul 14

rinkydink says...

according to FM and usually the sky sports videprinter.... it is..

A. Trialist!

played for several hundred clubs.
according to FM and usually the sky sports videprinter.... it is.. A. Trialist! played for several hundred clubs. rinkydink
  • Score: -2

8:32am Thu 10 Jul 14

jsummers96 says...

Bantam mitch wrote:
who are the players we have on trail?
i know one of the trialists is Angelo Balanta!! not sure about the rest
[quote][p][bold]Bantam mitch[/bold] wrote: who are the players we have on trail?[/p][/quote]i know one of the trialists is Angelo Balanta!! not sure about the rest jsummers96
  • Score: 2

8:38am Thu 10 Jul 14

jsummers96 says...

heard rumours that usa goalkeeper Brendan Roslund is also trialing! 6ft 6 too..
heard rumours that usa goalkeeper Brendan Roslund is also trialing! 6ft 6 too.. jsummers96
  • Score: 2

9:19am Thu 10 Jul 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Also rumours going round that Keith Treacy from Burnely is training with us?
Also rumours going round that Keith Treacy from Burnely is training with us? Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 2

11:37am Thu 10 Jul 14

audal says...

anyone still remember the pre. season possibles v probables where we viewed all and sundry, the fit and not so fit (usually the star striker)
anyone still remember the pre. season possibles v probables where we viewed all and sundry, the fit and not so fit (usually the star striker) audal
  • Score: 2

11:37am Thu 10 Jul 14

whisky1 says...

Treacy would be awesome also linked with the white Sh!t£..more likely to get a Championship club but we can dream
Treacy would be awesome also linked with the white Sh!t£..more likely to get a Championship club but we can dream whisky1
  • Score: 1

11:42am Thu 10 Jul 14

jsummers96 says...

Nick Arnold is trialing who plays at rb
Nick Arnold is trialing who plays at rb jsummers96
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12:47pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Halifax Bantam says...

Balanta would be interesting, had a few good loan spells with Mk Dons, quite a pacey left winger if i remember rightly.
Balanta would be interesting, had a few good loan spells with Mk Dons, quite a pacey left winger if i remember rightly. Halifax Bantam
  • Score: 1

1:20pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Plastic Bantam says...

whisky1 wrote:
Treacy would be awesome also linked with the white Sh!t£..more likely to get a Championship club but we can dream
Apparently he has an issue with coming back to pre season over weight.. Burnley asked him to come back and train to see if they would offer him a deal. He didn't like that so decided to leave and find another club. All hear say obviously, so don't know if it will be true or not.
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: Treacy would be awesome also linked with the white Sh!t£..more likely to get a Championship club but we can dream[/p][/quote]Apparently he has an issue with coming back to pre season over weight.. Burnley asked him to come back and train to see if they would offer him a deal. He didn't like that so decided to leave and find another club. All hear say obviously, so don't know if it will be true or not. Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 0

2:25pm Thu 10 Jul 14

nigel007 says...

so....it appears our keeper has decided to hold out for more money or no sign. well Phil, I think we need to move on.
so....it appears our keeper has decided to hold out for more money or no sign. well Phil, I think we need to move on. nigel007
  • Score: 6

2:32pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Michael Clayton says...

nigel007 wrote:
so....it appears our keeper has decided to hold out for more money or no sign. well Phil, I think we need to move on.
How do you know that he is holding out for more money? What if the terms offered were for less than what he was previously on?

It you are acquainted with the facts then I apologise. Otherwise, your are commenting from an unqualified position.
[quote][p][bold]nigel007[/bold] wrote: so....it appears our keeper has decided to hold out for more money or no sign. well Phil, I think we need to move on.[/p][/quote]How do you know that he is holding out for more money? What if the terms offered were for less than what he was previously on? It you are acquainted with the facts then I apologise. Otherwise, your are commenting from an unqualified position. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -1

2:52pm Thu 10 Jul 14

nigel007 says...

if he was offered less...he has the option of going to another club...obviously not. or accepting the offer. but you don't go back to train, that weakens your position.
if he was offered less...he has the option of going to another club...obviously not. or accepting the offer. but you don't go back to train, that weakens your position. nigel007
  • Score: 0

4:01pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Michael Clayton says...

nigel007 wrote:
if he was offered less...he has the option of going to another club...obviously not. or accepting the offer. but you don't go back to train, that weakens your position.
It is easy to make assumptions, but I think there are many factors that might be causing a delay:

I rival might be expressing an interest, he might be told that he is to be number two or, as you were mentioning, his wage offer might not be what he was hoping for.

I don't see that attending training weakens his position. He is keeping himself fit, showing a good attitude and (possibly) attracting interest from elsewhere.

If he plays hard-ball i.e. decides not to turn up, it might rebound on him. I would suggest that he is doing nothing other than hedging his bets.
[quote][p][bold]nigel007[/bold] wrote: if he was offered less...he has the option of going to another club...obviously not. or accepting the offer. but you don't go back to train, that weakens your position.[/p][/quote]It is easy to make assumptions, but I think there are many factors that might be causing a delay: I rival might be expressing an interest, he might be told that he is to be number two or, as you were mentioning, his wage offer might not be what he was hoping for. I don't see that attending training weakens his position. He is keeping himself fit, showing a good attitude and (possibly) attracting interest from elsewhere. If he plays hard-ball i.e. decides not to turn up, it might rebound on him. I would suggest that he is doing nothing other than hedging his bets. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -2

5:51pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Olivermac says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
nigel007 wrote:
so....it appears our keeper has decided to hold out for more money or no sign. well Phil, I think we need to move on.
How do you know that he is holding out for more money? What if the terms offered were for less than what he was previously on?

It you are acquainted with the facts then I apologise. Otherwise, your are commenting from an unqualified position.
Yes I agree it is possible he has been offered a lower salary maybe it is because they can bring in a better keeper for less money or maybe he did not perform to div1 standards but one thing is for sure there are plenty keepers out there wanting a job.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nigel007[/bold] wrote: so....it appears our keeper has decided to hold out for more money or no sign. well Phil, I think we need to move on.[/p][/quote]How do you know that he is holding out for more money? What if the terms offered were for less than what he was previously on? It you are acquainted with the facts then I apologise. Otherwise, your are commenting from an unqualified position.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree it is possible he has been offered a lower salary maybe it is because they can bring in a better keeper for less money or maybe he did not perform to div1 standards but one thing is for sure there are plenty keepers out there wanting a job. Olivermac
  • Score: 7

10:00pm Tue 15 Jul 14

BirchLane-1964 says...

Halifax Bantam wrote:
Balanta would be interesting, had a few good loan spells with Mk Dons, quite a pacey left winger if i remember rightly.
You don't remember you can't possibly remember that, you obviously googled him
[quote][p][bold]Halifax Bantam[/bold] wrote: Balanta would be interesting, had a few good loan spells with Mk Dons, quite a pacey left winger if i remember rightly.[/p][/quote]You don't remember you can't possibly remember that, you obviously googled him BirchLane-1964
  • Score: 2
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