Bantams boss Parkinson puts brakes on over Lewis Clarkson's electric start

Lewis Clarkson has hit four goals in two games

Lewis Clarkson has hit four goals in two games

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

PHIL Parkinson is playing down the pre-season hype over Lewis Clarkson but admitted he could not have started any better.

The 20-year-old striker has begun City's friendly campaign with a bang by firing doubles in both of their opening outings.

Clarkson is keen to stake a claim in his second stab at professional football after being released by Hull last summer.

His capture on an 18-month deal from Scarborough in November was seen by City as a long-term project but injury ruined his first season at Valley Parade. Now he has come roaring out of the blocks.

And while his manager wants to keep a lid on expectations, Parkinson reckons the rookie hitman has already demonstrated a knack in front of goal.

Parkinson said: "That's him, full stop. He's a very confident boy when the ball comes in that box.

"Lewis was a little bit unlucky when he came in the building last year. He was a long way off physically and the one game he did play, he picked up an injury with the youth team.

"It took him the whole season to get fit after that, so now we're starting to see what he's all about.

"It's still early and we don't want to get carried away in pre-season – but young Lewis can't do much more at this particular moment.

"He's given himself a chance – and I have no doubts about him that if he gets chances, he will take them."

Clarkson scored both City goals in Tuesday's defeat at UCD, which also saw defender Matt Taylor come through his first outing since December.

"Lewis took his goals really well and four in two games is a great start for him," said Parkinson.

"He's got to continue to improve and get himself fitter but obviously his confidence levels are high when you score goals.

"I'm also pleased with Matty. That game was big for him because it's a long time since he played. He had a bad injury last year but he's trained well.

"We were thinking of saving him until Saturday but, just looking at the training load of the week, we thought it was best he got 45 minutes in.

"He looked fine. We were playing against a young, very fit team and it was a good test."

Billy Knott and Gary Liddle received late knocks but Parkinson is hopeful both will be fit to face Shelbourne at the weekend.

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11:27am Thu 17 Jul 14

Village Bantam says...

Give him a longer contract at least. With only one year left, you need to at least cover yourself just in case he has a good season.
Give him a longer contract at least. With only one year left, you need to at least cover yourself just in case he has a good season. Village Bantam
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12:22pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Solomon Grundy says...

er, maybe wait till he plays a few league games and scores in some of them before that.

Nevertheless this is exciting news and best of luck to him.
er, maybe wait till he plays a few league games and scores in some of them before that. Nevertheless this is exciting news and best of luck to him. Solomon Grundy
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3:19pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Thats the way Phil, tell the press he has six months left if his contract. If he does make the first team and scores a few then he'll be poached.
Well who would have said at this time last year that Wells would be gone soon?
Thats the way Phil, tell the press he has six months left if his contract. If he does make the first team and scores a few then he'll be poached. Well who would have said at this time last year that Wells would be gone soon? Papa Smurfs Wig
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3:21pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Nine months.
Nine months. Papa Smurfs Wig
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9:24pm Thu 17 Jul 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
Thats the way Phil, tell the press he has six months left if his contract. If he does make the first team and scores a few then he'll be poached.
Well who would have said at this time last year that Wells would be gone soon?
Because of course if he does get in the first team and score loads his agent won't be putting it about that his contracts nearly up will he? Any excuse to have a go
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: Thats the way Phil, tell the press he has six months left if his contract. If he does make the first team and scores a few then he'll be poached. Well who would have said at this time last year that Wells would be gone soon?[/p][/quote]Because of course if he does get in the first team and score loads his agent won't be putting it about that his contracts nearly up will he? Any excuse to have a go moanmoanwhingewhinge
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12:10pm Fri 18 Jul 14

proxymoron says...

Village Bantam wrote:
Give him a longer contract at least. With only one year left, you need to at least cover yourself just in case he has a good season.
"It's still early and we don't want to get carried away in pre-season"
[quote][p][bold]Village Bantam[/bold] wrote: Give him a longer contract at least. With only one year left, you need to at least cover yourself just in case he has a good season.[/p][/quote]"It's still early and we don't want to get carried away in pre-season" proxymoron
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