Bradford City sign up Ben Williams, Matt Urwin and Mo Shariff on non-contract terms

PHIL Parkinson has boosted his squad with the acquisition of Ben Williams, Matt Urwin and Mo Shariff, pictured, but will will hope for more new faces

PHIL Parkinson has boosted his squad with the acquisition of Ben Williams, Matt Urwin and Mo Shariff, pictured, but will will hope for more new faces

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

BRADFORD City have today confirmed the signing of goalkeepers Matt Urwin and Ben Williams and winger Mo Shariff on non-contract terms.

Manchester-born Williams, who began his career at Manchester United, joins the Bantams having left Hibernian at the end of last season.

Shariff, 21, moves to Valley Parade after impressing while recently on trial with the Bantams following his depature from QPR at the end of last season.

Shariff featured in three friendlies for City over recent weeks, including last Saturday's draw at home to Hartlepool United where he hit the crossbar with a fizzing drive from distance.

The forward-thinking player, whose full name is Abdalla Mohamed Shariff, came to the Bantams' attention after leaving QPR over the summer.

The Burundi-born Shariff actually started his career with non-league side Slough Town before impressing QPR while on trial with the London side back in August 2010.

The 31-year-old will compete for on-loan Sunderland stopper Jordan Pickford for the gloves and jersey while Urwin, 20, will also jostle for position following his recent successful trial at Valley Parade, having left Blackburn at the end of last season.

Comments (31)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:51am Tue 5 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

On paper the keeper looks to be a decent addition.
And Shariff has done well in the pre season friendlies. A step in the right direction.
On paper the keeper looks to be a decent addition. And Shariff has done well in the pre season friendlies. A step in the right direction. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 22

10:51am Tue 5 Aug 14

Danger Mouse Bantam says...

Non contract terms...... makes sense to me. Short term deals, without the commitment of long contracts. But with the option of tying them down if it's suits both parties.
Non contract terms...... makes sense to me. Short term deals, without the commitment of long contracts. But with the option of tying them down if it's suits both parties. Danger Mouse Bantam
  • Score: 17

10:52am Tue 5 Aug 14

dannbradfc says...

Hooray. .......get ready for "we're gonna win the league" and "told you not to panic" ;-)......... in reality we're still a couple of injuries away from real panic ;-) still need another wide player, striker (priority) and right back cover. ......we need goals in the side. Wide players will give us options if the diamond isn't working and right back so we don't have a meredith type situation from last year if Darby gets injured. .....
Ps the hole hasn't gained three points in parky time here I believe. Someone claimed it has once but I'm sure we switched to 433 in that game. One man up top (even 2 with the diamond) could see a lot of potential low scoring game's and draws imo .....I base this on a stronger defence than attack when all fit. .....
Hooray. .......get ready for "we're gonna win the league" and "told you not to panic" ;-)......... in reality we're still a couple of injuries away from real panic ;-) still need another wide player, striker (priority) and right back cover. ......we need goals in the side. Wide players will give us options if the diamond isn't working and right back so we don't have a meredith type situation from last year if Darby gets injured. ..... Ps the hole hasn't gained three points in parky time here I believe. Someone claimed it has once but I'm sure we switched to 433 in that game. One man up top (even 2 with the diamond) could see a lot of potential low scoring game's and draws imo .....I base this on a stronger defence than attack when all fit. ..... dannbradfc
  • Score: -23

11:35am Tue 5 Aug 14

Plastic Bantam says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Hooray. .......get ready for "we're gonna win the league" and "told you not to panic" ;-)......... in reality we're still a couple of injuries away from real panic ;-) still need another wide player, striker (priority) and right back cover. ......we need goals in the side. Wide players will give us options if the diamond isn't working and right back so we don't have a meredith type situation from last year if Darby gets injured. .....
Ps the hole hasn't gained three points in parky time here I believe. Someone claimed it has once but I'm sure we switched to 433 in that game. One man up top (even 2 with the diamond) could see a lot of potential low scoring game's and draws imo .....I base this on a stronger defence than attack when all fit. .....
Against Peterborough & Tranmere
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Hooray. .......get ready for "we're gonna win the league" and "told you not to panic" ;-)......... in reality we're still a couple of injuries away from real panic ;-) still need another wide player, striker (priority) and right back cover. ......we need goals in the side. Wide players will give us options if the diamond isn't working and right back so we don't have a meredith type situation from last year if Darby gets injured. ..... Ps the hole hasn't gained three points in parky time here I believe. Someone claimed it has once but I'm sure we switched to 433 in that game. One man up top (even 2 with the diamond) could see a lot of potential low scoring game's and draws imo .....I base this on a stronger defence than attack when all fit. .....[/p][/quote]Against Peterborough & Tranmere Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 5

11:54am Tue 5 Aug 14

dannbradfc says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
Hooray. .......get ready for "we're gonna win the league" and "told you not to panic" ;-)......... in reality we're still a couple of injuries away from real panic ;-) still need another wide player, striker (priority) and right back cover. ......we need goals in the side. Wide players will give us options if the diamond isn't working and right back so we don't have a meredith type situation from last year if Darby gets injured. .....
Ps the hole hasn't gained three points in parky time here I believe. Someone claimed it has once but I'm sure we switched to 433 in that game. One man up top (even 2 with the diamond) could see a lot of potential low scoring game's and draws imo .....I base this on a stronger defence than attack when all fit. .....
Against Peterborough & Tranmere
perhaps we started that way but i'm sure we switched. might be wrong but i do know it didn't yield many considering the times we attempted this with the likes of Devitt, Connell and yeates....
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Hooray. .......get ready for "we're gonna win the league" and "told you not to panic" ;-)......... in reality we're still a couple of injuries away from real panic ;-) still need another wide player, striker (priority) and right back cover. ......we need goals in the side. Wide players will give us options if the diamond isn't working and right back so we don't have a meredith type situation from last year if Darby gets injured. ..... Ps the hole hasn't gained three points in parky time here I believe. Someone claimed it has once but I'm sure we switched to 433 in that game. One man up top (even 2 with the diamond) could see a lot of potential low scoring game's and draws imo .....I base this on a stronger defence than attack when all fit. .....[/p][/quote]Against Peterborough & Tranmere[/p][/quote]perhaps we started that way but i'm sure we switched. might be wrong but i do know it didn't yield many considering the times we attempted this with the likes of Devitt, Connell and yeates.... dannbradfc
  • Score: -5

12:01pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Plastic Bantam says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
dannbradfc wrote: Hooray. .......get ready for "we're gonna win the league" and "told you not to panic" ;-)......... in reality we're still a couple of injuries away from real panic ;-) still need another wide player, striker (priority) and right back cover. ......we need goals in the side. Wide players will give us options if the diamond isn't working and right back so we don't have a meredith type situation from last year if Darby gets injured. ..... Ps the hole hasn't gained three points in parky time here I believe. Someone claimed it has once but I'm sure we switched to 433 in that game. One man up top (even 2 with the diamond) could see a lot of potential low scoring game's and draws imo .....I base this on a stronger defence than attack when all fit. .....
Against Peterborough & Tranmere
perhaps we started that way but i'm sure we switched. might be wrong but i do know it didn't yield many considering the times we attempted this with the likes of Devitt, Connell and yeates....
I don't ever remember trying it until the back end of last season..

When Wells got Injured we played more of a 4-4-1-1 with Yeates behind Hanson,

Connell was usually thrown on for the last 10 mins when we needed a goal!

It will take time to bed in, However I belive the players we have signed anare more than capable of playing this way
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Hooray. .......get ready for "we're gonna win the league" and "told you not to panic" ;-)......... in reality we're still a couple of injuries away from real panic ;-) still need another wide player, striker (priority) and right back cover. ......we need goals in the side. Wide players will give us options if the diamond isn't working and right back so we don't have a meredith type situation from last year if Darby gets injured. ..... Ps the hole hasn't gained three points in parky time here I believe. Someone claimed it has once but I'm sure we switched to 433 in that game. One man up top (even 2 with the diamond) could see a lot of potential low scoring game's and draws imo .....I base this on a stronger defence than attack when all fit. .....[/p][/quote]Against Peterborough & Tranmere[/p][/quote]perhaps we started that way but i'm sure we switched. might be wrong but i do know it didn't yield many considering the times we attempted this with the likes of Devitt, Connell and yeates....[/p][/quote]I don't ever remember trying it until the back end of last season.. When Wells got Injured we played more of a 4-4-1-1 with Yeates behind Hanson, Connell was usually thrown on for the last 10 mins when we needed a goal! It will take time to bed in, However I belive the players we have signed anare more than capable of playing this way Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 6

12:10pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Just seen Parky singing to himself at the training ground.

'I've got the Shariff, and Steve Parkin is my deputy'
Just seen Parky singing to himself at the training ground. 'I've got the Shariff, and Steve Parkin is my deputy' Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 53

12:12pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Peter300 says...

Danger Mouse Bantam wrote:
Non contract terms...... makes sense to me. Short term deals, without the commitment of long contracts. But with the option of tying them down if it's suits both parties.
Exactly.
[quote][p][bold]Danger Mouse Bantam[/bold] wrote: Non contract terms...... makes sense to me. Short term deals, without the commitment of long contracts. But with the option of tying them down if it's suits both parties.[/p][/quote]Exactly. Peter300
  • Score: 6

12:14pm Tue 5 Aug 14

minkiebantam says...

Dont know much about the keeper, but Mo looks a good prospect. Seen him a couple of times at Blackburn and against Park Ave and he held his own in both games. Even had a quick chat with him after the Ave game and he seems to be the right kind of guy to fit in with the squad.
Good luck to both new additions.
Also, does this mean that the other trialists have been sent packing? (Campion and the centre back french lad), as these 2 looked good as well??
CTID!!
Dont know much about the keeper, but Mo looks a good prospect. Seen him a couple of times at Blackburn and against Park Ave and he held his own in both games. Even had a quick chat with him after the Ave game and he seems to be the right kind of guy to fit in with the squad. Good luck to both new additions. Also, does this mean that the other trialists have been sent packing? (Campion and the centre back french lad), as these 2 looked good as well?? CTID!! minkiebantam
  • Score: 5

12:14pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Baby Bantam says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Just seen Parky singing to himself at the training ground.

'I've got the Shariff, and Steve Parkin is my deputy'
That's brilliant haha
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: Just seen Parky singing to himself at the training ground. 'I've got the Shariff, and Steve Parkin is my deputy'[/p][/quote]That's brilliant haha Baby Bantam
  • Score: 10

12:14pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Peter300 says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Hooray. .......get ready for "we're gonna win the league" and "told you not to panic" ;-)......... in reality we're still a couple of injuries away from real panic ;-) still need another wide player, striker (priority) and right back cover. ......we need goals in the side. Wide players will give us options if the diamond isn't working and right back so we don't have a meredith type situation from last year if Darby gets injured. .....
Ps the hole hasn't gained three points in parky time here I believe. Someone claimed it has once but I'm sure we switched to 433 in that game. One man up top (even 2 with the diamond) could see a lot of potential low scoring game's and draws imo .....I base this on a stronger defence than attack when all fit. .....
You are still panicking.
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Hooray. .......get ready for "we're gonna win the league" and "told you not to panic" ;-)......... in reality we're still a couple of injuries away from real panic ;-) still need another wide player, striker (priority) and right back cover. ......we need goals in the side. Wide players will give us options if the diamond isn't working and right back so we don't have a meredith type situation from last year if Darby gets injured. ..... Ps the hole hasn't gained three points in parky time here I believe. Someone claimed it has once but I'm sure we switched to 433 in that game. One man up top (even 2 with the diamond) could see a lot of potential low scoring game's and draws imo .....I base this on a stronger defence than attack when all fit. .....[/p][/quote]You are still panicking. Peter300
  • Score: -1

12:17pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Baby Bantam says...

I'd have Williams as first choice any day hope he's another Matt Duke
I'd have Williams as first choice any day hope he's another Matt Duke Baby Bantam
  • Score: 5

12:18pm Tue 5 Aug 14

dannbradfc says...

I've no doubt that we have players capable of playing that way(in the 'hole'). More concerned that its easy to counter and often leaves the target man isolated. Playing on the floor should help in this. As should more mobility in the middle. The diamond with two up top will be interesting as it really goes against everything we've seen parky do in the past. Particularly potentially isolating our full backs. Will it be more of a case of 4312?

We'll see pretty soon......its gonna be very interesting and (hopefully) exciting seeing how we operate in the first few weeks. If Parky can pull of this change in style then he deserves upmost respect particularly with some of the 'restrictions' in been able to afford the resources to experiment although he admits he will have to be "creative"......
I've no doubt that we have players capable of playing that way(in the 'hole'). More concerned that its easy to counter and often leaves the target man isolated. Playing on the floor should help in this. As should more mobility in the middle. The diamond with two up top will be interesting as it really goes against everything we've seen parky do in the past. Particularly potentially isolating our full backs. Will it be more of a case of 4312? We'll see pretty soon......its gonna be very interesting and (hopefully) exciting seeing how we operate in the first few weeks. If Parky can pull of this change in style then he deserves upmost respect particularly with some of the 'restrictions' in been able to afford the resources to experiment although he admits he will have to be "creative"...... dannbradfc
  • Score: -4

12:19pm Tue 5 Aug 14

torreyman says...

things are on the up Shariff looks a good player to me new goalie don't know much about everybody happy??
things are on the up Shariff looks a good player to me new goalie don't know much about everybody happy?? torreyman
  • Score: 4

12:21pm Tue 5 Aug 14

dannbradfc says...

Peter300 wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
Hooray. .......get ready for "we're gonna win the league" and "told you not to panic" ;-)......... in reality we're still a couple of injuries away from real panic ;-) still need another wide player, striker (priority) and right back cover. ......we need goals in the side. Wide players will give us options if the diamond isn't working and right back so we don't have a meredith type situation from last year if Darby gets injured. .....
Ps the hole hasn't gained three points in parky time here I believe. Someone claimed it has once but I'm sure we switched to 433 in that game. One man up top (even 2 with the diamond) could see a lot of potential low scoring game's and draws imo .....I base this on a stronger defence than attack when all fit. .....
You are still panicking.
why don't you continue your vendetta against dave baldwin peter? wondering what he did to upset you.

What did he do? Ask you for an actual opnion of your own?
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Hooray. .......get ready for "we're gonna win the league" and "told you not to panic" ;-)......... in reality we're still a couple of injuries away from real panic ;-) still need another wide player, striker (priority) and right back cover. ......we need goals in the side. Wide players will give us options if the diamond isn't working and right back so we don't have a meredith type situation from last year if Darby gets injured. ..... Ps the hole hasn't gained three points in parky time here I believe. Someone claimed it has once but I'm sure we switched to 433 in that game. One man up top (even 2 with the diamond) could see a lot of potential low scoring game's and draws imo .....I base this on a stronger defence than attack when all fit. .....[/p][/quote]You are still panicking.[/p][/quote]why don't you continue your vendetta against dave baldwin peter? wondering what he did to upset you. What did he do? Ask you for an actual opnion of your own? dannbradfc
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Baby Bantam wrote:
I'd have Williams as first choice any day hope he's another Matt Duke
Looking at his CV he seems more than up to it at this level. Hibs' player of the year 2012/13 and saved 5 penalties that season!
[quote][p][bold]Baby Bantam[/bold] wrote: I'd have Williams as first choice any day hope he's another Matt Duke[/p][/quote]Looking at his CV he seems more than up to it at this level. Hibs' player of the year 2012/13 and saved 5 penalties that season! Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 13

1:09pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Warwick Bantam says...

It's getting there. A quick scout on Wikipedia tells you that Williams has plenty of experience at this level (and a bit of lower league experience in the SPL). Should be number 1. Mo sounds like an exciting player- could potentially become a fans favourite.
It's getting there. A quick scout on Wikipedia tells you that Williams has plenty of experience at this level (and a bit of lower league experience in the SPL). Should be number 1. Mo sounds like an exciting player- could potentially become a fans favourite. Warwick Bantam
  • Score: 10

1:20pm Tue 5 Aug 14

jamiejoe says...

Warwick Bantam wrote:
It's getting there. A quick scout on Wikipedia tells you that Williams has plenty of experience at this level (and a bit of lower league experience in the SPL). Should be number 1. Mo sounds like an exciting player- could potentially become a fans favourite.
I think an experienced keeper with a Man Utd pedigree to help train the new lad at # 1 for league games (at least to begin with) is a sound move.

Let's hope the squad gets the 1 or 2 exciting, young, attack minded young players on season long loan (or 4 month loan) to see how they can bed in and add to the talent in the team.

This has been the plan all summer - I just think actually tempting them to City when there are so many other (often championship) clubs closer to the Prem. boys will be a big challenge. If anyone can do it - it is Parky and his team!
[quote][p][bold]Warwick Bantam[/bold] wrote: It's getting there. A quick scout on Wikipedia tells you that Williams has plenty of experience at this level (and a bit of lower league experience in the SPL). Should be number 1. Mo sounds like an exciting player- could potentially become a fans favourite.[/p][/quote]I think an experienced keeper with a Man Utd pedigree to help train the new lad at # 1 for league games (at least to begin with) is a sound move. Let's hope the squad gets the 1 or 2 exciting, young, attack minded young players on season long loan (or 4 month loan) to see how they can bed in and add to the talent in the team. This has been the plan all summer - I just think actually tempting them to City when there are so many other (often championship) clubs closer to the Prem. boys will be a big challenge. If anyone can do it - it is Parky and his team! jamiejoe
  • Score: 5

1:42pm Tue 5 Aug 14

dannbradfc says...

jamiejoe wrote:
Warwick Bantam wrote:
It's getting there. A quick scout on Wikipedia tells you that Williams has plenty of experience at this level (and a bit of lower league experience in the SPL). Should be number 1. Mo sounds like an exciting player- could potentially become a fans favourite.
I think an experienced keeper with a Man Utd pedigree to help train the new lad at # 1 for league games (at least to begin with) is a sound move.

Let's hope the squad gets the 1 or 2 exciting, young, attack minded young players on season long loan (or 4 month loan) to see how they can bed in and add to the talent in the team.

This has been the plan all summer - I just think actually tempting them to City when there are so many other (often championship) clubs closer to the Prem. boys will be a big challenge. If anyone can do it - it is Parky and his team!
Not sure it was a plan to leave it to the final week. Parky definitely isn't happy about the way it's gone I feel. In the past Parky as made a strong case for getting players in early getting them fit and bonding the side. It is what it is and we are still short in some areas
[quote][p][bold]jamiejoe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Warwick Bantam[/bold] wrote: It's getting there. A quick scout on Wikipedia tells you that Williams has plenty of experience at this level (and a bit of lower league experience in the SPL). Should be number 1. Mo sounds like an exciting player- could potentially become a fans favourite.[/p][/quote]I think an experienced keeper with a Man Utd pedigree to help train the new lad at # 1 for league games (at least to begin with) is a sound move. Let's hope the squad gets the 1 or 2 exciting, young, attack minded young players on season long loan (or 4 month loan) to see how they can bed in and add to the talent in the team. This has been the plan all summer - I just think actually tempting them to City when there are so many other (often championship) clubs closer to the Prem. boys will be a big challenge. If anyone can do it - it is Parky and his team![/p][/quote]Not sure it was a plan to leave it to the final week. Parky definitely isn't happy about the way it's gone I feel. In the past Parky as made a strong case for getting players in early getting them fit and bonding the side. It is what it is and we are still short in some areas dannbradfc
  • Score: -4

2:03pm Tue 5 Aug 14

dannbradfc says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
Hooray. .......get ready for "we're gonna win the league" and "told you not to panic" ;-)......... in reality we're still a couple of injuries away from real panic ;-) still need another wide player, striker (priority) and right back cover. ......we need goals in the side. Wide players will give us options if the diamond isn't working and right back so we don't have a meredith type situation from last year if Darby gets injured. .....
Ps the hole hasn't gained three points in parky time here I believe. Someone claimed it has once but I'm sure we switched to 433 in that game. One man up top (even 2 with the diamond) could see a lot of potential low scoring game's and draws imo .....I base this on a stronger defence than attack when all fit. .....
You are still panicking.
why don't you continue your vendetta against dave baldwin peter? wondering what he did to upset you.

What did he do? Ask you for an actual opnion of your own?
What's up Peter not able to offer an opinion on this? You remind me a little of someone else who dissects others posts without offering anything of your own. However that person does at least offer intelligence, the chance of reasonable debate and generally can wind people up a lot better than you ;-p
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Hooray. .......get ready for "we're gonna win the league" and "told you not to panic" ;-)......... in reality we're still a couple of injuries away from real panic ;-) still need another wide player, striker (priority) and right back cover. ......we need goals in the side. Wide players will give us options if the diamond isn't working and right back so we don't have a meredith type situation from last year if Darby gets injured. ..... Ps the hole hasn't gained three points in parky time here I believe. Someone claimed it has once but I'm sure we switched to 433 in that game. One man up top (even 2 with the diamond) could see a lot of potential low scoring game's and draws imo .....I base this on a stronger defence than attack when all fit. .....[/p][/quote]You are still panicking.[/p][/quote]why don't you continue your vendetta against dave baldwin peter? wondering what he did to upset you. What did he do? Ask you for an actual opnion of your own?[/p][/quote]What's up Peter not able to offer an opinion on this? You remind me a little of someone else who dissects others posts without offering anything of your own. However that person does at least offer intelligence, the chance of reasonable debate and generally can wind people up a lot better than you ;-p dannbradfc
  • Score: 0

4:55pm Tue 5 Aug 14

jsummers96 says...

third signing of the day to be revealed very shortly!!!
third signing of the day to be revealed very shortly!!! jsummers96
  • Score: 1

5:08pm Tue 5 Aug 14

jsummers96 says...

another goalkeeper?!?! :/
another goalkeeper?!?! :/ jsummers96
  • Score: 1

5:17pm Tue 5 Aug 14

bazb1966 says...

Why Another Keeper ?????
Why Another Keeper ????? bazb1966
  • Score: 2

5:27pm Tue 5 Aug 14

minkiebantam says...

BBC News reports we have signed Matt Urwin as well??
From 1 Keeper to 3 in 5 hours!! WTF??
BBC News reports we have signed Matt Urwin as well?? From 1 Keeper to 3 in 5 hours!! WTF?? minkiebantam
  • Score: 0

5:38pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Pablo says...

Well, that's solved the goalkeeping crisis. Now we've got three!

There is an excellent article on Width of a Post "2014/5 previewed - The players (part three)", which details the consequences of the Aaron McLean signing.

I'm not criticising the quality of these three signings today, but the deals have a "make do and mend" element about them.

It really does look like the main squad of fourteen has swallowed the budget.
Well, that's solved the goalkeeping crisis. Now we've got three! There is an excellent article on Width of a Post "2014/5 previewed - The players (part three)", which details the consequences of the Aaron McLean signing. I'm not criticising the quality of these three signings today, but the deals have a "make do and mend" element about them. It really does look like the main squad of fourteen has swallowed the budget. Pablo
  • Score: 1

5:39pm Tue 5 Aug 14

yorkiewyke says...

Williams No 1
Urwin No 2

Sunderland can have theirs back.
Williams No 1 Urwin No 2 Sunderland can have theirs back. yorkiewyke
  • Score: -2

6:22pm Tue 5 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

None Contract means just that Match by Match can leave at anytime does this mean City are grasping at straws or just having another look before offering a contract
None Contract means just that Match by Match can leave at anytime does this mean City are grasping at straws or just having another look before offering a contract lawsonio123
  • Score: -2

6:38pm Tue 5 Aug 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Need 3 keepers so both League and all Cup games can have 2 in each match day squad....Pickford will start but is now under genuine pressure to perform, which is a good thing as his deal requires first choice or return -which might have bred complacency. Now City have back up should that be necessary at short notice through poor form, injury or even Sunderland recall. Just need one midfield cover player and a reserve right back now. ..as Heaton and Sheehan can cover centre halves and Sharif can cover the strikers as well as wide right....happy now...just need McLean fit!!!
.
Need 3 keepers so both League and all Cup games can have 2 in each match day squad....Pickford will start but is now under genuine pressure to perform, which is a good thing as his deal requires first choice or return -which might have bred complacency. Now City have back up should that be necessary at short notice through poor form, injury or even Sunderland recall. Just need one midfield cover player and a reserve right back now. ..as Heaton and Sheehan can cover centre halves and Sharif can cover the strikers as well as wide right....happy now...just need McLean fit!!! . bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 4

6:58pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Pablo says...

bcfcincheshire wrote:
Need 3 keepers so both League and all Cup games can have 2 in each match day squad....Pickford will start but is now under genuine pressure to perform, which is a good thing as his deal requires first choice or return -which might have bred complacency. Now City have back up should that be necessary at short notice through poor form, injury or even Sunderland recall. Just need one midfield cover player and a reserve right back now. ..as Heaton and Sheehan can cover centre halves and Sharif can cover the strikers as well as wide right....happy now...just need McLean fit!!!
.
Last season, so as not to breach the maximum number of loan players you can have in a match day squad, we went into several league games with no back up goalkeeper on the bench, so I'm not sure your reasoning is valid.

It seems pointless loaning a goalkeeper, if we have to sign an extra keeper just to sit on the bench for what could be a maximum of three cup games.
[quote][p][bold]bcfcincheshire[/bold] wrote: Need 3 keepers so both League and all Cup games can have 2 in each match day squad....Pickford will start but is now under genuine pressure to perform, which is a good thing as his deal requires first choice or return -which might have bred complacency. Now City have back up should that be necessary at short notice through poor form, injury or even Sunderland recall. Just need one midfield cover player and a reserve right back now. ..as Heaton and Sheehan can cover centre halves and Sharif can cover the strikers as well as wide right....happy now...just need McLean fit!!! .[/p][/quote]Last season, so as not to breach the maximum number of loan players you can have in a match day squad, we went into several league games with no back up goalkeeper on the bench, so I'm not sure your reasoning is valid. It seems pointless loaning a goalkeeper, if we have to sign an extra keeper just to sit on the bench for what could be a maximum of three cup games. Pablo
  • Score: -3

2:54am Wed 6 Aug 14

sean@applebeemovers.com.au says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
On paper the keeper looks to be a decent addition.
And Shariff has done well in the pre season friendlies. A step in the right direction.
We are still missing more of an attacking threat though, not sure if Rafa is going to be on a non contract basis but is he enough anyhow I guess we wont know until Saturday whats needed I feel for PP though as he just wants to take us fwd
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: On paper the keeper looks to be a decent addition. And Shariff has done well in the pre season friendlies. A step in the right direction.[/p][/quote]We are still missing more of an attacking threat though, not sure if Rafa is going to be on a non contract basis but is he enough anyhow I guess we wont know until Saturday whats needed I feel for PP though as he just wants to take us fwd sean@applebeemovers.com.au
  • Score: 0

9:21am Wed 6 Aug 14

tyker7745 says...

Pablo wrote:
bcfcincheshire wrote:
Need 3 keepers so both League and all Cup games can have 2 in each match day squad....Pickford will start but is now under genuine pressure to perform, which is a good thing as his deal requires first choice or return -which might have bred complacency. Now City have back up should that be necessary at short notice through poor form, injury or even Sunderland recall. Just need one midfield cover player and a reserve right back now. ..as Heaton and Sheehan can cover centre halves and Sharif can cover the strikers as well as wide right....happy now...just need McLean fit!!!
.
Last season, so as not to breach the maximum number of loan players you can have in a match day squad, we went into several league games with no back up goalkeeper on the bench, so I'm not sure your reasoning is valid.

It seems pointless loaning a goalkeeper, if we have to sign an extra keeper just to sit on the bench for what could be a maximum of three cup games.
s we now have two bench warming keepers. Still not enough outfield players. We had a squad and in reality we have added just one out player. Is there a need to have three keepers in such a small squad. Non contract: we can ditch when we want but similarly they can walk away at any time if they get better offers.

Is that how we really want a squad to be set up?
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfcincheshire[/bold] wrote: Need 3 keepers so both League and all Cup games can have 2 in each match day squad....Pickford will start but is now under genuine pressure to perform, which is a good thing as his deal requires first choice or return -which might have bred complacency. Now City have back up should that be necessary at short notice through poor form, injury or even Sunderland recall. Just need one midfield cover player and a reserve right back now. ..as Heaton and Sheehan can cover centre halves and Sharif can cover the strikers as well as wide right....happy now...just need McLean fit!!! .[/p][/quote]Last season, so as not to breach the maximum number of loan players you can have in a match day squad, we went into several league games with no back up goalkeeper on the bench, so I'm not sure your reasoning is valid. It seems pointless loaning a goalkeeper, if we have to sign an extra keeper just to sit on the bench for what could be a maximum of three cup games.[/p][/quote]s we now have two bench warming keepers. Still not enough outfield players. We had a squad and in reality we have added just one out player. Is there a need to have three keepers in such a small squad. Non contract: we can ditch when we want but similarly they can walk away at any time if they get better offers. Is that how we really want a squad to be set up? tyker7745
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree