Aaron Mclean to miss first Bradford City friendly

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Aaron Mclean is sidelined for tomorrow's game with a tight calf Aaron Mclean is sidelined for tomorrow's game with a tight calf

AARON Mclean will not be involved in City’s pre-season opener at Guiseley tomorrow.

The striker is nursing a slight calf strain he suffered in training and will not be risked before the squad fly out on Sunday for their week in Ireland.

Phil Parkinson’s summer recruits will all see some action at Nethermoor and the numbers will be bumped up by several trialist names.

“We’ve got a few trialists in and we will utilise those players," said the City boss.

“We will play two different 11s and the idea is to give everyone a 45-minute run-out. The lads have worked hard so far and this game is the first progression.

“There are players on trial at every club and we’ve invited a few to train with us.

“We’ve already let a couple move on but there are one or two more coming in. If we have to fly someone out to Ireland, we will do.

“It’s a chance to look at players and, who knows, someone may emerge like Carl McHugh did a couple of years ago.

“He came in on trial at first, did very well during pre-season and went on to play a significant role in the first team.”

With Mclean missing, there is better news on his strike partner James Hanson with no reported ill-effects from the back and groin problem that forced a premature end to last season.

Parkinson said: “James has been fine. He’s looked in good shape and has got through everything, so hopefully we’ve solved it.”

City still need to fill the holes at goalkeeper and on both wings. With the budget situation, Parkinson is focusing on loan recruits – and will have to bide his time until clubs free those players.

He warned: “The squad formation may not be completed until the start of the season, especially with trying to get one or two loans in.

“With the majority of those players we are talking to, the clubs concerned want them to go on their pre-season tours before making a decision. So we’re going to have to wait.

“It’s a gamble but that’s the route we are going down. Hopefully we can attract the ones we want.”

According to national reports, one of the current trialists is former Reading right back Nick Arnold. The 21-year-old played 33 games on loan at Wycombe last season.

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11:12am Fri 11 Jul 14

northyorksbantam says...

Do we have 2 keepers to be able to play each half?!

Joking aside I think it is time the Jon Mac situation was sorted out one way or the other. It's probably very simplistic but surely the time has come to just get everybody round a table, try find some common ground and either agree a deal, or shake hands and go separate ways. Surely the club want this sorted out before our 1st friendly game when the players start getting to know each other. It's all starting to look a bit unprofessional now.
Do we have 2 keepers to be able to play each half?! Joking aside I think it is time the Jon Mac situation was sorted out one way or the other. It's probably very simplistic but surely the time has come to just get everybody round a table, try find some common ground and either agree a deal, or shake hands and go separate ways. Surely the club want this sorted out before our 1st friendly game when the players start getting to know each other. It's all starting to look a bit unprofessional now. northyorksbantam
  • Score: 18

2:36pm Fri 11 Jul 14

torreyman says...

that's a good start for old man Toothpaste I don't think !!!!!
that's a good start for old man Toothpaste I don't think !!!!! torreyman
  • Score: -8

3:09pm Fri 11 Jul 14

nowt fresh says...

He has a history of injuries does Aaron Mclean let hope it's not too serious ?.
He has a history of injuries does Aaron Mclean let hope it's not too serious ?. nowt fresh
  • Score: 0

3:52pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Michael Clayton says...

torreyman wrote:
that's a good start for old man Toothpaste I don't think !!!!!
The toothpaste brand is Macleans whereas the player's name is McLean. If you are trying to be funny, it might be worth checking a few basics out.
[quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: that's a good start for old man Toothpaste I don't think !!!!![/p][/quote]The toothpaste brand is Macleans whereas the player's name is McLean. If you are trying to be funny, it might be worth checking a few basics out. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -6

4:02pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Remembertheparaders says...

It's a bit sad having to rely on signing loan players already. Can't we
be a bit more ambitious than that with what's left in the kitty and get some real deals in place with players who really want to play for us?
It's a bit sad having to rely on signing loan players already. Can't we be a bit more ambitious than that with what's left in the kitty and get some real deals in place with players who really want to play for us? Remembertheparaders
  • Score: 0

6:41pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Hove edge bantam says...

Oh no
He needs a good pre season for us to see the best of him
Oh no He needs a good pre season for us to see the best of him Hove edge bantam
  • Score: 5

7:06pm Fri 11 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

I'm sure Aaron will be fully fit and raring to go shortly, absolutely no sense taking any risks with him or any other player. The main event is still a ways away, should be interesting to see who plays at Guiseley in regards to trialists.
I'm sure Aaron will be fully fit and raring to go shortly, absolutely no sense taking any risks with him or any other player. The main event is still a ways away, should be interesting to see who plays at Guiseley in regards to trialists. bcfc1903
  • Score: 4

9:08pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Remembertheparaders wrote:
It's a bit sad having to rely on signing loan players already. Can't we
be a bit more ambitious than that with what's left in the kitty and get some real deals in place with players who really want to play for us?
Why is it sad.. If were to get the quality of a Pritchard, Grelish or someone of that ilk why is it sad?~•
[quote][p][bold]Remembertheparaders[/bold] wrote: It's a bit sad having to rely on signing loan players already. Can't we be a bit more ambitious than that with what's left in the kitty and get some real deals in place with players who really want to play for us?[/p][/quote]Why is it sad.. If were to get the quality of a Pritchard, Grelish or someone of that ilk why is it sad?~• Plastic Bantam
  • Score: -3

9:02am Sat 12 Jul 14

Michael Clayton says...

Remembertheparaders wrote:
It's a bit sad having to rely on signing loan players already. Can't we
be a bit more ambitious than that with what's left in the kitty and get some real deals in place with players who really want to play for us?
It isn't sad at all. It is an opportunity to add quality; to use the type of player normally beyond the club's means. Remember a guy called Andrew Davies?

Whether a loanee or a contracted player, there is a limited time span in either case. Times are different post Bosman.
[quote][p][bold]Remembertheparaders[/bold] wrote: It's a bit sad having to rely on signing loan players already. Can't we be a bit more ambitious than that with what's left in the kitty and get some real deals in place with players who really want to play for us?[/p][/quote]It isn't sad at all. It is an opportunity to add quality; to use the type of player normally beyond the club's means. Remember a guy called Andrew Davies? Whether a loanee or a contracted player, there is a limited time span in either case. Times are different post Bosman. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -5
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