James Meredith eager to make most of Bradford City second chance

James Meredith eager to make most of Bradford City second chance

City defender James Meredith up against Guiseley opponent Grant Roberts in their pre-season match

James Meredith limbers up during City pre-season training

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JAMES Meredith has "unfinished business" with City – after revealing that he turned down better offers to move back to Australia.

The left back re-signed for the club on a one-year deal in the second week of pre-season training after a protracted summer.

He now has a fight on his hands to regain the starting slot from new capture Alan Sheehan.

But Meredith is keen to make the most of his second chance and convince the Valley Parade faithful that he remains totally committed to City.

Meredith said: "The contract dragged on and I had a few issues myself.

"It took a bit of time but in the end I think I made the right decision and we got the deal done. I'm happy where I am at Bradford.

"The club did everything right and were spot on with it. The gaffer was good with me as usual.

"There was interest from other clubs – there was strong interest in Australia. Melbourne Heart and Western Sydney Wanderers offered me good deals, probably better.

"But it wasn't right for me. I like playing in England and I like playing for Bradford.

"Maybe playing in Australia is something you do when you're a bit older and you want to go back. It's a bit slower.

"But I love the fast pace here and the competitiveness. I feel I've got unfinished business at this club.

"Everyone has been fine. I'm not sure what the fans exactly feel about me but I'll work hard and I'm here because I want to be."

Meredith missed most of the second half of last season with a fractured right foot. There was a scare last week in Ireland when he caught the same area in training.

But he recovered to face Shelbourne last weekend and played another hour at Ossett on Tuesday without a problem.

"Everything is okay now," he added. "There was a slight scare in Ireland when I must have turned funny and the foot was inflamed for a couple of days.

"At first a couple of the staff were worried but it's mended and it's strong. It's fine.

"I've been out pretty much the whole of the last six months. I've only made two appearances as a substitute at the end of the season.

"I tried very hard to get back fit. I sought out the surgeon to ask if I could get back three weeks early, which he allowed but I've still missed a lot.

"I'm just raring to go now. I'm fired up for this season to help Bradford.

"I want to do my best for the club and see where we go. We know what to expect and how strong this league has become.

"We've brought in some good ball players and seem to be passing a lot more, so hopefully we can really challenge this time."

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8:29am Thu 24 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

I always thought club football was pretty small in Oz with little grounds but maybe l'm wrong.
As we now have two seasoned left backs the club need to keep them happy and competitive. At least Sheehan can play centre back too so he might be a sub or get the vote to start, we'll see.
I always thought club football was pretty small in Oz with little grounds but maybe l'm wrong. As we now have two seasoned left backs the club need to keep them happy and competitive. At least Sheehan can play centre back too so he might be a sub or get the vote to start, we'll see. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 2

9:01am Thu 24 Jul 14

macca1969 says...

I'm sure Meredith will get the chance to win the fans over again. He had every right to consider his options. It's a long season and with injuries and suspensions he will get game time
I'm sure Meredith will get the chance to win the fans over again. He had every right to consider his options. It's a long season and with injuries and suspensions he will get game time macca1969
  • Score: 9

9:38am Thu 24 Jul 14

dannbradfc says...

i've said elsewhere before that Meredith could perhaps do ajob wide left with sheehan behind if we require due to injuries etc......he likes to 'bomb on' and has a burst of pace. He gets caught out of position occasionally at left back but his enthusiasm and attacking mentality offset this for me. He's one of the few full-backs we've had recently who is willing to over lap when allowed and this breaks teams down and is necessary if playing 442. We're probably going to be changing it more this season and it'll be intersting to see how meredith is accomodated......
i've said elsewhere before that Meredith could perhaps do ajob wide left with sheehan behind if we require due to injuries etc......he likes to 'bomb on' and has a burst of pace. He gets caught out of position occasionally at left back but his enthusiasm and attacking mentality offset this for me. He's one of the few full-backs we've had recently who is willing to over lap when allowed and this breaks teams down and is necessary if playing 442. We're probably going to be changing it more this season and it'll be intersting to see how meredith is accomodated...... dannbradfc
  • Score: 2

10:25am Thu 24 Jul 14

gman27 says...

Seems fair enough as to why he delayed his decision - I know i'd be tempted to go live in OZ if the opportunity arose.
Good luck to the lad.
Seems fair enough as to why he delayed his decision - I know i'd be tempted to go live in OZ if the opportunity arose. Good luck to the lad. gman27
  • Score: 9

11:14am Thu 24 Jul 14

Melbourne Bantam says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
I always thought club football was pretty small in Oz with little grounds but maybe l'm wrong. As we now have two seasoned left backs the club need to keep them happy and competitive. At least Sheehan can play centre back too so he might be a sub or get the vote to start, we'll see.
Its not so much the grounds, but our competition is only 10 years old, and Id say about League One standard.
Only ten teams, and yes for the most attracts only players in the twilight of there career.
Man City taking over Melbourne Heart is huge for the beautiful game here, and it will grow, but Im very happy James stuck with the bantams, a positive move in so many ways.
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: I always thought club football was pretty small in Oz with little grounds but maybe l'm wrong. As we now have two seasoned left backs the club need to keep them happy and competitive. At least Sheehan can play centre back too so he might be a sub or get the vote to start, we'll see.[/p][/quote]Its not so much the grounds, but our competition is only 10 years old, and Id say about League One standard. Only ten teams, and yes for the most attracts only players in the twilight of there career. Man City taking over Melbourne Heart is huge for the beautiful game here, and it will grow, but Im very happy James stuck with the bantams, a positive move in so many ways. Melbourne Bantam
  • Score: 6

11:36am Thu 24 Jul 14

whisky1 says...

Not sure MCFC taking over anyone is good for them or the game generally !
Not sure MCFC taking over anyone is good for them or the game generally ! whisky1
  • Score: 7

11:14pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Getrogered in Oz says...

When a club sign Damien Duff and David Villa on a guest stint I think MCFC taking over Melbourne Heart (now City) is good for the game in OZ. We have a good quality league which is getting better every season. Most stadiums hold over 30k and crowds vary from club to club.. Followed BCFC all my life but lived in OZ for 26 years now. Follow the Brisbane Roar in OZ they play at Suncorp Stadium which holds 52K. Good luck to BCFC this season, James is a good player and will get better. CTID
When a club sign Damien Duff and David Villa on a guest stint I think MCFC taking over Melbourne Heart (now City) is good for the game in OZ. We have a good quality league which is getting better every season. Most stadiums hold over 30k and crowds vary from club to club.. Followed BCFC all my life but lived in OZ for 26 years now. Follow the Brisbane Roar in OZ they play at Suncorp Stadium which holds 52K. Good luck to BCFC this season, James is a good player and will get better. CTID Getrogered in Oz
  • Score: 2

12:08am Fri 25 Jul 14

Mr P Lumb says...

Sorry James, I don't buy it I'm afraid, basically you ran out of options and Bradford were clearly not your number one choice. So it's ironic then that neither are you at left back as that honour sits with a guy that left a club, who offered him a deal in order to join the bantams. So whilst I wish you the best for the season you got your work cut out to show us that you really mean what you say and that your hunger and desire for the club are still genuinely intact.
Sorry James, I don't buy it I'm afraid, basically you ran out of options and Bradford were clearly not your number one choice. So it's ironic then that neither are you at left back as that honour sits with a guy that left a club, who offered him a deal in order to join the bantams. So whilst I wish you the best for the season you got your work cut out to show us that you really mean what you say and that your hunger and desire for the club are still genuinely intact. Mr P Lumb
  • Score: 3

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