Matty Dolan 'flying' ahead of new Bradford City season

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Matty Dolan in action during City's opening pre-season friendly against Guiseley Matty Dolan in action during City's opening pre-season friendly against Guiseley

MATTY Dolan reckons some neighbourly advice from City’s fitness chief Nick Allamby will get him up to speed this season.

The former Middlesbrough midfielder turned his Valley Parade loan spell into a permanent move during the summer.

Phil Parkinson told him he had to work on his stamina over the break – and with Allamby’s help, Dolan believes he is “flying” through the current training sessions in Ireland.

“I don’t live far away from Nick, so when I went away in the summer I’ve been on top of it," he said.

“I worked with Nick before when I was at Middlesbrough and he’s the perfect man for the job. He’s an expert in what he does and you’re going to see that with us on the pitch.

“I was talking to the lads at Boro about some of the running sessions and their training’s been all football. No disrespect to them but I don’t know where you’re going to get your fitness from.

“I’m not getting carried away but I feel I’ve come back flying. I know what the gaffer wants me to do and I’m not going to disappoint him.”

Dolan is excited by the influx of players alongside him in midfield who like to get on the ball. But with the shift to a more passing approach, he knows they have to be ready to mix it up.

He said: “It’s important the balance is right. It’s not always right to play football, just like it’s not always right to go long.

“The gaffer is adamant about that in training and everything is geared that way. It’s just a case of everybody getting used to each other and how he wants us to play.

“Everyone can see that he’s brought in some brilliant footballers. He’s got Billy Knott, Billy Clarke and Gary Liddle, as well as Yeatesy (Mark Yeates) and myself – people who do like to play.

“The philosophy is all about not being scared of the ball. We’ve got the players to do it but also others who can do the other stuff.

“We want to be pressing up that league and you can’t be blind to the fact that it’s not going to be pretty all the time.”

In the same way, Dolan sees the current training camp just outside Dublin as the opportunity for more hard graft in the build-up to August 9.

He said: “Nick was adamant before we left that it was not a case of just going away and relaxing. It’s another week of more intensive work.

“It’s the chance to monitor everything, from the training down to the food and the amount of sleep we get. But it’s important if we want to get off to the best start.”

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10:00am Wed 16 Jul 14

torreyman says...

For me the new season it is vital we get a good start as we did last season thanks to you know who but that's all in the past so lets all get behind the new look BCAFC can't wait till Aug 9th and I am back in my seat !!
For me the new season it is vital we get a good start as we did last season thanks to you know who but that's all in the past so lets all get behind the new look BCAFC can't wait till Aug 9th and I am back in my seat !! torreyman
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10:12am Wed 16 Jul 14

Peter300 says...

I'd be wary of having a dig at the Boro players just yet. Maybe next May Matty can say his fitness paid-off, whereas the boys at the Riverside were wilting. I hope Freddy is reading these wonderful articles in praise of Nick Allamby. Freddy rather got his wires crossed last season. The guy he thought was in charge of fitness turned out to be an imposter.
I'd be wary of having a dig at the Boro players just yet. Maybe next May Matty can say his fitness paid-off, whereas the boys at the Riverside were wilting. I hope Freddy is reading these wonderful articles in praise of Nick Allamby. Freddy rather got his wires crossed last season. The guy he thought was in charge of fitness turned out to be an imposter. Peter300
  • Score: -6

11:22am Wed 16 Jul 14

lawsonio123 says...

Have we found a goal scorer time will tell But if we have then he comes at no cost that in its self s a great bonus let us all hope the young man is the real thing Good Luck to him
Have we found a goal scorer time will tell But if we have then he comes at no cost that in its self s a great bonus let us all hope the young man is the real thing Good Luck to him lawsonio123
  • Score: 2

1:14pm Wed 16 Jul 14

wakefieldbantam says...

Peter300 wrote:
I'd be wary of having a dig at the Boro players just yet. Maybe next May Matty can say his fitness paid-off, whereas the boys at the Riverside were wilting. I hope Freddy is reading these wonderful articles in praise of Nick Allamby. Freddy rather got his wires crossed last season. The guy he thought was in charge of fitness turned out to be an imposter.
Peter will you ever give it a rest !
By the way your comment should read "whereas the boys at the Riverside are wilting" were is past tense OKAY!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: I'd be wary of having a dig at the Boro players just yet. Maybe next May Matty can say his fitness paid-off, whereas the boys at the Riverside were wilting. I hope Freddy is reading these wonderful articles in praise of Nick Allamby. Freddy rather got his wires crossed last season. The guy he thought was in charge of fitness turned out to be an imposter.[/p][/quote]Peter will you ever give it a rest ! By the way your comment should read "whereas the boys at the Riverside are wilting" were is past tense OKAY! wakefieldbantam
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