McLaughlin: Sweet time at Bradford City ended on sour note

McLaughlin: Sweet time at Bradford City ended on sour note

Jon McLaughlin felt that he was "stuck in the middle" during the summer's contract negotiations

Bradford City Stock pictures from their friendly against Guiseley, Jon McLaughlin warms up. AG (8164430)

Bradford City back in training at Apperley Bridge, Jon Mclaughlin (centre).

First published in Sport

JON McLaughlin admits the manner of his departure from City has left a "bitter taste".

A lengthy association with the club, which began when they were relegated to League Two, ended abruptly this week when he joined Burton.

Four days after playing what turned out to be his final game against Shelbourne in Dublin, McLaughlin was lining up for a youthful Brewers side in a friendly at Derbyshire neighbours Mickleover Sports.

He kept a clean sheet in both – but then you'd expect that, given the standard of the opposition. What McLaughlin did not anticipate was how this summer has panned out.

"Right up to the other day, I didn't know what was happening," said the eloquent goalkeeper, who made the first of his 145 appearances in May 2009.

"Unfortunately it just seems as though I was left in the middle and waiting for a straight answer, which I never really got.

"It's not been nice and I think it was handled poorly. It got to the stage where I had to move on."

While other out-of-contract players re-signed, McLaughlin was the odd one out.

Phil Parkinson revealed that financial constraints had prevented both parties from striking the right deal. The budget, down £500,000 on a year ago, has made it a "difficult" summer, in the manager's words.

But McLaughlin balks at suggestions from some City fans that he had been stalling the club by holding out for more money.

"I saw what people were saying on message boards and internet forums, thinking that it must be the player making silly demands," he said.

"That was the most frustrating thing because it was never like that. But that's the way it ended up looking.

"The first contract I was offered, I never actually rejected it. The club made the offer but I wanted to speak to the gaffer in person first.

"I wanted to wait for pre-season but from that moment on there wasn't a contract waiting to sign.

"I wanted to stay and that was the reason I was in every day of pre-season and playing in all the games. I was really hoping to get something sorted to be there for next season.

"Unfortunately it's ended up that the best scenario for me was going to be having to move on. That's what I've had to do."

Jordan Pickford's arrival on a season-long loan from Sunderland at the start of the week prompted McLaughlin's decision to cut his ties with Valley Parade.

Burton boss Gary Rowett had made their interest known only a couple of days earlier – and the 26-year-old keeper felt that was his best course of action.

McLaughlin said: "All I could go off was what the gaffer was telling me about trying to get the deal sorted and wanting me to stay and be part of it again after having a good year last season.

"Then all of a sudden it came through they have agreed to sign someone else.

"I knew they would obviously need another goalkeeper but when you get one in on loan from a Premier League club, it's not difficult to read between the lines.

"It's been a great six or seven years I've been there. My entire career so far has been spent as a Bradford player and I've had a fantastic time at the club.

"I've improved a hell of a lot as a goalkeeper and look back with a lot of pride at everything we've done over the past couple of seasons.

"That's why it was not an easy move to make after being part of the club for so long. But it was the right time.

"It does leave a pretty bitter taste in the mouth, which is unfortunate after all the time I've spent there. Leaving on a sour note is not what I'd hoped for."

But Burton seems an appropriate change of scene. As opponents, they have been significantly linked to his City progress from rookie understudy to last season's ever-present first choice.

It was at the compact Pirelli Stadium where McLaughlin first made his name in the Bantams goal in March 2010.

Making only his third senior outing, and first under Peter Taylor, he immediately impressed the recently-installed boss by saving a Greg Pearson penalty.

That earned the post-match plaudits from Taylor – and the starting jersey for the next seven months.

But then City went back to Burton and lost 3-0, with McLaughlin blamed by his manager. He was axed until the new year.

His most recent game against the Brewers, though, remains the happiest memory – that unforgettable Sunday lunchtime in May last year when City overturned a first-leg deficit to clinch their play-off final place at Wembley.

McLaughlin said: "There is quite a connection, when you think about it. That game when I saved the penalty really triggered things for me with Peter Taylor.

"Then we had the semi-final two seasons ago and that was a great occasion.

"They have always been good games whenever I've been down there, so I knew that Burton are a good team. They are very competitive at this level. You've seen that when we played them in the semis and then getting to the final last year.

"The manager has made some good signings and I think they've strengthened over the summer. So it's a good club to be joining.

"I couldn't wait any longer and let a good deal pass me by. There were not going to be a lot of other opportunities coming up and I had to make a decision.

"It's been a crazy situation but I'm glad that I have been able to sort things out."

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8:31am Sat 26 Jul 14

spearmint wino says...

A real shame he feels that way but surely as two grown men he and Parky could have sorted it out in a 10 min chat while at training ? Or I can't believe there wasn't an opportunity for them to speak while they were in Ireland last week. As clever a lad as Jonny Mc is I reckon he has let his agent get him into the situation he found himself.
Well all the best to him for the future he will always have a place in the clubs history as part of the team who went to wembley twice and for City onwards and upwards.
A real shame he feels that way but surely as two grown men he and Parky could have sorted it out in a 10 min chat while at training ? Or I can't believe there wasn't an opportunity for them to speak while they were in Ireland last week. As clever a lad as Jonny Mc is I reckon he has let his agent get him into the situation he found himself. Well all the best to him for the future he will always have a place in the clubs history as part of the team who went to wembley twice and for City onwards and upwards. spearmint wino
  • Score: 14

8:39am Sat 26 Jul 14

silverbantam says...

I think a clean break is best for both player and the club.

Parky obviously believes City can do better andirons will do Jon good to try and establish himself at another club.
I think a clean break is best for both player and the club. Parky obviously believes City can do better andirons will do Jon good to try and establish himself at another club. silverbantam
  • Score: 2

8:44am Sat 26 Jul 14

Freddy says...

QUOTE ; " Phil Parkinson revealed that financial constraints had prevented both parties from striking the right deal. The budget, down £500,000 on a year ago, has made it a "difficult" summer, in the manager's words. "
*
I feel there could be " Trouble at 'Mill ".
*
Yes--I have highlighted this main problem in jest, and in a total serious vein.
*
Another player has left. More players are needed, and as I have said before , I do not like 'Loan' Players.
To gel further loan signings, and improve their fitness. is not my idea of developing a League 1 Squad.
I HOPE I MAY BE PROVED WRONG!.
*
QUOTE ; " Phil Parkinson revealed that financial constraints had prevented both parties from striking the right deal. The budget, down £500,000 on a year ago, has made it a "difficult" summer, in the manager's words. " * I feel there could be " Trouble at 'Mill ". * Yes--I have highlighted this main problem in jest, and in a total serious vein. * Another player has left. More players are needed, and as I have said before , I do not like 'Loan' Players. To gel further loan signings, and improve their fitness. is not my idea of developing a League 1 Squad. I HOPE I MAY BE PROVED WRONG!. * Freddy
  • Score: 1

8:45am Sat 26 Jul 14

silverbantam says...

8:39am Sat 26 Jul 14
silverbantam says...

I think a clean break is best for both player and the club.

Parky obviously believes City can do better and it will do Jon good to try and establish himself at another club.
8:39am Sat 26 Jul 14 silverbantam says... I think a clean break is best for both player and the club. Parky obviously believes City can do better and it will do Jon good to try and establish himself at another club. silverbantam
  • Score: -2

9:10am Sat 26 Jul 14

albioff says...

it seems like a no win situation, on one hand i can see why they can not spend what they haven't got and yet the budget situation could prove their undoing at the end, however i hope i am well wrong.
it seems like a no win situation, on one hand i can see why they can not spend what they haven't got and yet the budget situation could prove their undoing at the end, however i hope i am well wrong. albioff
  • Score: 5

9:19am Sat 26 Jul 14

Cityman23 says...

Jonny Mac is very careful about what he says in this interview, despite being upset at the manner of his departure. Was he offered less to stay on or a minuscule increase? Wee will never know. Perhaps he was offered a contract that 'PP' knew he wouldn't sign because 'PP' wanted to replace him. Again we'll never know.

Certainly ' PP' has proved himself surprisingly ruthless in the way he has dispatched quite a number of the 'old City guard.' But, to let go,of a goalie in his mid- twenties who's been with the club a while, through success, with years of football ahead of him seems a bit strange. He's effectively been 'exchanged' for a loan player with first loyalty to another club who WILL leave us eventually.

'PP' must be a bit of a gambler, because he is certainly gambling this season. A new goalie, an entirely new midfield and only James Hanson up front who has proved himself consistent through most games in which he plays.

The team that starts on August 9th will be half full of new players. The 'gamble' starts then-let's hope it pays off!q
Jonny Mac is very careful about what he says in this interview, despite being upset at the manner of his departure. Was he offered less to stay on or a minuscule increase? Wee will never know. Perhaps he was offered a contract that 'PP' knew he wouldn't sign because 'PP' wanted to replace him. Again we'll never know. Certainly ' PP' has proved himself surprisingly ruthless in the way he has dispatched quite a number of the 'old City guard.' But, to let go,of a goalie in his mid- twenties who's been with the club a while, through success, with years of football ahead of him seems a bit strange. He's effectively been 'exchanged' for a loan player with first loyalty to another club who WILL leave us eventually. 'PP' must be a bit of a gambler, because he is certainly gambling this season. A new goalie, an entirely new midfield and only James Hanson up front who has proved himself consistent through most games in which he plays. The team that starts on August 9th will be half full of new players. The 'gamble' starts then-let's hope it pays off!q Cityman23
  • Score: 4

9:20am Sat 26 Jul 14

Daedalus9 says...

JM has been very badly advised over this business and needs another agent.
JM has been very badly advised over this business and needs another agent. Daedalus9
  • Score: 9

9:52am Sat 26 Jul 14

Waynus1971 says...

Do some of you not know how to read? Why has this become an issue about HIS agent? He says it was not about money and that HE wanted to speak to PP. We don't know why he wanted to speak to Phil or why I didn't just sign the contract. Everything else is STILL just speculation, despite what JMc has said!!

I would be interested in hearing Phil's stand on this matter. According to the boss and confirmed above, PP wanted Jonny to stay but then went looking for another no1. Why? And why did the club take away that initial contract whilst Jonny was waiting to speak to his manager? Was this Phil's decision or the board's?

I do hope that our reporters (T&A and PulseSport) get the opportunity to quiz PP and Lawn further, in light of Jonny's comments.

It's a shame it has ended like this. McLaughlin isn't the greatest keeper in the World and does make mistakes. However, he is an adequate stopper at this level and most other keepers in this league make mistakes also. I just hope PP's decision to go back on his claim, that a No1 shouldn't be a loanee, doesn't come back to bite him on the ar5e!!!!

Good luck and best wishes to Jonny Mc at Burton
Do some of you not know how to read? Why has this become an issue about HIS agent? He says it was not about money and that HE wanted to speak to PP. We don't know why he wanted to speak to Phil or why I didn't just sign the contract. Everything else is STILL just speculation, despite what JMc has said!! I would be interested in hearing Phil's stand on this matter. According to the boss and confirmed above, PP wanted Jonny to stay but then went looking for another no1. Why? And why did the club take away that initial contract whilst Jonny was waiting to speak to his manager? Was this Phil's decision or the board's? I do hope that our reporters (T&A and PulseSport) get the opportunity to quiz PP and Lawn further, in light of Jonny's comments. It's a shame it has ended like this. McLaughlin isn't the greatest keeper in the World and does make mistakes. However, he is an adequate stopper at this level and most other keepers in this league make mistakes also. I just hope PP's decision to go back on his claim, that a No1 shouldn't be a loanee, doesn't come back to bite him on the ar5e!!!! Good luck and best wishes to Jonny Mc at Burton Waynus1971
  • Score: 3

10:00am Sat 26 Jul 14

OLD BANTAM says...

It appears that the PR down at the club is not at its best this close season . After four years at the club it's not a nice way to finish. I just hope that PP has still got a list of players that he wants .and he has not mist out .this £500.000 appears to be the main problem . Pre season games is for getting your team together for the new season so far we have players that have not had a game.players that have taken part now left the club.and supporters left in the dark about all the players that have been on trial we are still about 5 players short in the squad with only two weeks to the season start.
It appears that the PR down at the club is not at its best this close season . After four years at the club it's not a nice way to finish. I just hope that PP has still got a list of players that he wants .and he has not mist out .this £500.000 appears to be the main problem . Pre season games is for getting your team together for the new season so far we have players that have not had a game.players that have taken part now left the club.and supporters left in the dark about all the players that have been on trial we are still about 5 players short in the squad with only two weeks to the season start. OLD BANTAM
  • Score: 4

10:33am Sat 26 Jul 14

OLDLAD says...

Should have signed contract that was offered, seems he left with egg on face, you cannot wait forever for someone to make up their mind.
Should have signed contract that was offered, seems he left with egg on face, you cannot wait forever for someone to make up their mind. OLDLAD
  • Score: 5

10:43am Sat 26 Jul 14

lawsonio123 says...

A sorry end and City may well live to regret letting Jan go Money does seem to be a problem if so let the board come out and say so then let them float some shares which I am sure will sell easily The ball is in their court if they want money. At the moment we do seem a bit cash strapped
A sorry end and City may well live to regret letting Jan go Money does seem to be a problem if so let the board come out and say so then let them float some shares which I am sure will sell easily The ball is in their court if they want money. At the moment we do seem a bit cash strapped lawsonio123
  • Score: -2

10:45am Sat 26 Jul 14

tinytoonster says...

OLDLAD wrote:
Should have signed contract that was offered, seems he left with egg on face, you cannot wait forever for someone to make up their mind.
not really, wanted to speak to manager to see if he would be no1.
natural instinct to ask.
he just blanked the issue.
great man management!
[quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: Should have signed contract that was offered, seems he left with egg on face, you cannot wait forever for someone to make up their mind.[/p][/quote]not really, wanted to speak to manager to see if he would be no1. natural instinct to ask. he just blanked the issue. great man management! tinytoonster
  • Score: 1

12:19pm Sat 26 Jul 14

CheltCityFan says...

I am disappointed to see Jon go as all the time invested in him gaining experience has been lost. Jon alongside a younger on-loan keeper would have been a good combination, pushing each other for the shirt.

We do not know what his demands were nor what his agent's role was in the departure, so it is difficult to speculate. Unfortunately, agents sometimes don't benefit their players and this may be such a case, but we don't know that.

We also don't know what wages Jon was on but one would assume they were not mega, given where he came from and coming into a failing League two side at the time. If that is so, then it is disappointing to me that we are apparently paying high salaries to players that never play a full season but cannot retain a solid and injury-free performer who has done well as a youngster in a key position and who is presumably a lower earner.

The Burton manager, who has a good eye for players, proven time and again by what they have done in recent years, rates Jon as 'as good as any in League One'. Burton did not seem to have a problem meeting his wage demands and were glad to snap him up.

I wish Jon well at Burton and his future career and I hope that this does not work against us. We still need another keeper and we do not currently have much experience n that crucial position. I hope that the new loanee proves better than Simon Eastwood who was probably the worst move we have made in my 50 years' supporting - although, to the lad's credit, he has come back stronger for his experience. Not much consolation to us and what we suffered at the time!!
I am disappointed to see Jon go as all the time invested in him gaining experience has been lost. Jon alongside a younger on-loan keeper would have been a good combination, pushing each other for the shirt. We do not know what his demands were nor what his agent's role was in the departure, so it is difficult to speculate. Unfortunately, agents sometimes don't benefit their players and this may be such a case, but we don't know that. We also don't know what wages Jon was on but one would assume they were not mega, given where he came from and coming into a failing League two side at the time. If that is so, then it is disappointing to me that we are apparently paying high salaries to players that never play a full season but cannot retain a solid and injury-free performer who has done well as a youngster in a key position and who is presumably a lower earner. The Burton manager, who has a good eye for players, proven time and again by what they have done in recent years, rates Jon as 'as good as any in League One'. Burton did not seem to have a problem meeting his wage demands and were glad to snap him up. I wish Jon well at Burton and his future career and I hope that this does not work against us. We still need another keeper and we do not currently have much experience n that crucial position. I hope that the new loanee proves better than Simon Eastwood who was probably the worst move we have made in my 50 years' supporting - although, to the lad's credit, he has come back stronger for his experience. Not much consolation to us and what we suffered at the time!! CheltCityFan
  • Score: 4

4:19pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Pablo says...

A lengthy piece of journalism, with very little detail on the actual nitty gritty of the issue. There must be more information that has been omitted.

Perhaps it wasn't PP's decision. It seems a strange way to treat a long serving member of the squad, who never missed a game last season.

As stated above, we can pay top dollar wages to injury prone defenders and mis-firing strikers, yet don't appear willing to enter into a dialogue with a more than adequate ever present, who appears to have been way down the pecking order in terms of pay.

There doesn't appear to be the same buzz around the club this close season.
A lengthy piece of journalism, with very little detail on the actual nitty gritty of the issue. There must be more information that has been omitted. Perhaps it wasn't PP's decision. It seems a strange way to treat a long serving member of the squad, who never missed a game last season. As stated above, we can pay top dollar wages to injury prone defenders and mis-firing strikers, yet don't appear willing to enter into a dialogue with a more than adequate ever present, who appears to have been way down the pecking order in terms of pay. There doesn't appear to be the same buzz around the club this close season. Pablo
  • Score: 6

5:15pm Sat 26 Jul 14

BigFigure says...

Interesting that the role played by JMacs agent (highlighted in the recent Yorkshire Post article) is not apparent here. Reading that article, it is very clear that it was his agent's brinkmanship that put the spanner in the works and left Jon in an untenable position. Good luck to him at Burton.
Interesting that the role played by JMacs agent (highlighted in the recent Yorkshire Post article) is not apparent here. Reading that article, it is very clear that it was his agent's brinkmanship that put the spanner in the works and left Jon in an untenable position. Good luck to him at Burton. BigFigure
  • Score: 1

6:34pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

This will come back to bite us on the bum if what I witnessed today is our replacement(s). Pickford made 5 first half errors and Urwin was kept out of the Blackburn side by Eastwood.
This will come back to bite us on the bum if what I witnessed today is our replacement(s). Pickford made 5 first half errors and Urwin was kept out of the Blackburn side by Eastwood. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 1

6:38pm Sat 26 Jul 14

lawsonio123 says...

Pablo wrote:
A lengthy piece of journalism, with very little detail on the actual nitty gritty of the issue. There must be more information that has been omitted.

Perhaps it wasn't PP's decision. It seems a strange way to treat a long serving member of the squad, who never missed a game last season.

As stated above, we can pay top dollar wages to injury prone defenders and mis-firing strikers, yet don't appear willing to enter into a dialogue with a more than adequate ever present, who appears to have been way down the pecking order in terms of pay.

There doesn't appear to be the same buzz around the club this close season.
Well said Pablo
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: A lengthy piece of journalism, with very little detail on the actual nitty gritty of the issue. There must be more information that has been omitted. Perhaps it wasn't PP's decision. It seems a strange way to treat a long serving member of the squad, who never missed a game last season. As stated above, we can pay top dollar wages to injury prone defenders and mis-firing strikers, yet don't appear willing to enter into a dialogue with a more than adequate ever present, who appears to have been way down the pecking order in terms of pay. There doesn't appear to be the same buzz around the club this close season.[/p][/quote]Well said Pablo lawsonio123
  • Score: 0

6:42pm Sat 26 Jul 14

lawsonio123 says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
This will come back to bite us on the bum if what I witnessed today is our replacement(s). Pickford made 5 first half errors and Urwin was kept out of the Blackburn side by Eastwood.
It is early days but Pickford looked none to safe maybe nerves on first appearance
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: This will come back to bite us on the bum if what I witnessed today is our replacement(s). Pickford made 5 first half errors and Urwin was kept out of the Blackburn side by Eastwood.[/p][/quote]It is early days but Pickford looked none to safe maybe nerves on first appearance lawsonio123
  • Score: 0

7:56pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
This will come back to bite us on the bum if what I witnessed today is our replacement(s). Pickford made 5 first half errors and Urwin was kept out of the Blackburn side by Eastwood.
It is early days but Pickford looked none to safe maybe nerves on first appearance
Maybe pal, let's hope so.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: This will come back to bite us on the bum if what I witnessed today is our replacement(s). Pickford made 5 first half errors and Urwin was kept out of the Blackburn side by Eastwood.[/p][/quote]It is early days but Pickford looked none to safe maybe nerves on first appearance[/p][/quote]Maybe pal, let's hope so. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: -1

5:00pm Sun 27 Jul 14

SpinDriftin says...

Best wishes to Jon at Burton I am sure he will do well, he's a really good shot stopper, a few nervy moments at crosses but he served City really well and no complaints from me.

Only he knows what the real position was contractually and if as he says, it wasn't an issue of holding out for money, I have sympathy with him however, if he was then that is sad because money should not be the reason he wanted to stay and play at City, it should be for the pride of what he has achieved, particularly over the last 2 seasons and his ambition to move forward with the club.

Obviously, if he has an agent it goes without saying that he would most likely be the man making all the wrong decisions and benefitting no one but we like I said only Jon would know.
Best wishes to Jon at Burton I am sure he will do well, he's a really good shot stopper, a few nervy moments at crosses but he served City really well and no complaints from me. Only he knows what the real position was contractually and if as he says, it wasn't an issue of holding out for money, I have sympathy with him however, if he was then that is sad because money should not be the reason he wanted to stay and play at City, it should be for the pride of what he has achieved, particularly over the last 2 seasons and his ambition to move forward with the club. Obviously, if he has an agent it goes without saying that he would most likely be the man making all the wrong decisions and benefitting no one but we like I said only Jon would know. SpinDriftin
  • Score: 0

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