Parkin eyeing last-minute bargain for Bradford City

Steve Parkin is relishing a return to former club Rochdale this afternoon

Steve Parkin is relishing a return to former club Rochdale this afternoon

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STEVE Parkin is hopeful that City can do some deadline-day business before the transfer window shuts late on Monday night.

With Andrew Davies ruled out for up to two months, the focus may switch to adding a defensive recruit.

Assistant boss Parkin said: "We're always on the look-out.

"We're happy with the squad in terms of the quality within it. But numbers-wise, we've shown already with the loss of Lewis Clarkson and Andrew Davies with his arm, that has been chopped down a little bit.

"If we can find the right personnel to bring in, then we probably would strengthen. But it's dictated to by budgets, we know that, and what we can and can't do financially.

"The important thing is we keep looking and if, at any stage, the button's there to be pushed and the chairmen are happy, then we are ready to do that."

Parkin makes a nostalgic return to Rochdale this afternoon – a club where he spent over five years in charge during two spells.

"They are lovely people and its a really good football club who work within the limitations that they have to," said Parkin, who was Dale manager for 279 games.

"They always support their managers – I was able to bring good players to the club and it's been exactly the same for Keith (Hill).

"I'm looking forward to seeing some old faces. But I know it's never an easy place to go.

"When I was there, we'd always make it as difficult for the opposition as we could and this will be no different. It will be a stern test."

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8:35am Sat 30 Aug 14

Freddy says...

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Steve P. brought some excellent players to City, from Rochdale.
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The bargaining that is now occurring during this transfer deadline period; is frenetic to say the least. Both Clubs and Players, are Whealing and Dealing, down to the last minute on Monday.
It would be pleasing to learn that ' Chair ' have made more available finance to 'Parky' , particularly from the- 'Capital One Cup Final !!!. 'revenue success, last Wednesday.!.
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Again, I wish I could be with The Bradford Army today. Just a very short journey across the M 62 to Spotland.
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* Steve P. brought some excellent players to City, from Rochdale. * The bargaining that is now occurring during this transfer deadline period; is frenetic to say the least. Both Clubs and Players, are Whealing and Dealing, down to the last minute on Monday. It would be pleasing to learn that ' Chair ' have made more available finance to 'Parky' , particularly from the- 'Capital One Cup Final !!!. 'revenue success, last Wednesday.!. * Again, I wish I could be with The Bradford Army today. Just a very short journey across the M 62 to Spotland. * Freddy
  • Score: 5

10:19am Sat 30 Aug 14

Youngliver says...

I imagine that the revenue from the Leeds game, both direct and indirect, would pay the wages of another player.
I imagine that the revenue from the Leeds game, both direct and indirect, would pay the wages of another player. Youngliver
  • Score: 0

10:22am Sat 30 Aug 14

Waynus1971 says...

It's true that we need to keep within our budgets, but surely we haven't spent the budget yet? What happened to the money put aside for 'a couple of premier league season long loanees' we were hoping to get once the season started?

Besides, didn't Lawn/Baldwin just recently claim we earned a £200k-£250k windfall in the cup? Shouldn't some of that money go towards the players fund?

And, according to Mr Parker, we still have a 10% sell on clause for Cleverley. By the close of this transfer window, we could have another £1m to play with. Surely the purse strings can be relaxed to allow us to bring in a couple of quality players???

It's no point sitting on almost £1.25m until January when we can do business now?
It's true that we need to keep within our budgets, but surely we haven't spent the budget yet? What happened to the money put aside for 'a couple of premier league season long loanees' we were hoping to get once the season started? Besides, didn't Lawn/Baldwin just recently claim we earned a £200k-£250k windfall in the cup? Shouldn't some of that money go towards the players fund? And, according to Mr Parker, we still have a 10% sell on clause for Cleverley. By the close of this transfer window, we could have another £1m to play with. Surely the purse strings can be relaxed to allow us to bring in a couple of quality players??? It's no point sitting on almost £1.25m until January when we can do business now? Waynus1971
  • Score: 0

12:05pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Bantam Dubai says...

I think we should go all out and try to sign the boy Redshaw from Morecambe, he would be a perfect to our system and just maybe the key to unlocking this division.
Also I just want to say well done to our Captain on delivering the Leeds result....
3 point's today, Darbs please......
I think we should go all out and try to sign the boy Redshaw from Morecambe, he would be a perfect to our system and just maybe the key to unlocking this division. Also I just want to say well done to our Captain on delivering the Leeds result.... 3 point's today, Darbs please...... Bantam Dubai
  • Score: 3

1:26pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Peter300 says...

Freddy wrote:
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Steve P. brought some excellent players to City, from Rochdale.
*
The bargaining that is now occurring during this transfer deadline period; is frenetic to say the least. Both Clubs and Players, are Whealing and Dealing, down to the last minute on Monday.
It would be pleasing to learn that ' Chair ' have made more available finance to 'Parky' , particularly from the- 'Capital One Cup Final !!!. 'revenue success, last Wednesday.!.
*
Again, I wish I could be with The Bradford Army today. Just a very short journey across the M 62 to Spotland.
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Not many City fans had a decent word for Jason Kennedy last season. It's difficult to judge when player does not play games. Obviously City used wingers and had two good players in midfield.
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * Steve P. brought some excellent players to City, from Rochdale. * The bargaining that is now occurring during this transfer deadline period; is frenetic to say the least. Both Clubs and Players, are Whealing and Dealing, down to the last minute on Monday. It would be pleasing to learn that ' Chair ' have made more available finance to 'Parky' , particularly from the- 'Capital One Cup Final !!!. 'revenue success, last Wednesday.!. * Again, I wish I could be with The Bradford Army today. Just a very short journey across the M 62 to Spotland. *[/p][/quote]Not many City fans had a decent word for Jason Kennedy last season. It's difficult to judge when player does not play games. Obviously City used wingers and had two good players in midfield. Peter300
  • Score: 0

1:31pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Peter300 says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
It's true that we need to keep within our budgets, but surely we haven't spent the budget yet? What happened to the money put aside for 'a couple of premier league season long loanees' we were hoping to get once the season started?

Besides, didn't Lawn/Baldwin just recently claim we earned a £200k-£250k windfall in the cup? Shouldn't some of that money go towards the players fund?

And, according to Mr Parker, we still have a 10% sell on clause for Cleverley. By the close of this transfer window, we could have another £1m to play with. Surely the purse strings can be relaxed to allow us to bring in a couple of quality players???

It's no point sitting on almost £1.25m until January when we can do business now?
I think this is a complete distortion of the current financial situation. There is no need to panic. There is no need to rush in and sign players for the sake of it. The idea that City are going to commit up to £1.25m on signing players is completely ludicrous. Pensioner Waynus really needs to have another look at the back of his cigarette packet.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: It's true that we need to keep within our budgets, but surely we haven't spent the budget yet? What happened to the money put aside for 'a couple of premier league season long loanees' we were hoping to get once the season started? Besides, didn't Lawn/Baldwin just recently claim we earned a £200k-£250k windfall in the cup? Shouldn't some of that money go towards the players fund? And, according to Mr Parker, we still have a 10% sell on clause for Cleverley. By the close of this transfer window, we could have another £1m to play with. Surely the purse strings can be relaxed to allow us to bring in a couple of quality players??? It's no point sitting on almost £1.25m until January when we can do business now?[/p][/quote]I think this is a complete distortion of the current financial situation. There is no need to panic. There is no need to rush in and sign players for the sake of it. The idea that City are going to commit up to £1.25m on signing players is completely ludicrous. Pensioner Waynus really needs to have another look at the back of his cigarette packet. Peter300
  • Score: 2

2:17pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Don't forget the VAT man takes his 20% cut too so it won't be as much spendies as some think.
Don't forget the VAT man takes his 20% cut too so it won't be as much spendies as some think. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 1

5:33pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Freddy says...

* Cleverly may go to Villa for £8 Million. So that's another possible £800,000 @ 10% sell on money for City. Less tax !!!.
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A bit more into the City Bank.?! If my maths is correct?.
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' Parky ' has hinted at two more defenders are possible signings, to cover for Andrew Davies and a small Squad.
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* Cleverly may go to Villa for £8 Million. So that's another possible £800,000 @ 10% sell on money for City. Less tax !!!. * A bit more into the City Bank.?! If my maths is correct?. * ' Parky ' has hinted at two more defenders are possible signings, to cover for Andrew Davies and a small Squad. * Freddy
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Nickloza says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
It's true that we need to keep within our budgets, but surely we haven't spent the budget yet? What happened to the money put aside for 'a couple of premier league season long loanees' we were hoping to get once the season started?

Besides, didn't Lawn/Baldwin just recently claim we earned a £200k-£250k windfall in the cup? Shouldn't some of that money go towards the players fund?

And, according to Mr Parker, we still have a 10% sell on clause for Cleverley. By the close of this transfer window, we could have another £1m to play with. Surely the purse strings can be relaxed to allow us to bring in a couple of quality players???

It's no point sitting on almost £1.25m until January when we can do business now?
There is a piece on FB indicating that the money is going to clear 1 million pound over spend.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: It's true that we need to keep within our budgets, but surely we haven't spent the budget yet? What happened to the money put aside for 'a couple of premier league season long loanees' we were hoping to get once the season started? Besides, didn't Lawn/Baldwin just recently claim we earned a £200k-£250k windfall in the cup? Shouldn't some of that money go towards the players fund? And, according to Mr Parker, we still have a 10% sell on clause for Cleverley. By the close of this transfer window, we could have another £1m to play with. Surely the purse strings can be relaxed to allow us to bring in a couple of quality players??? It's no point sitting on almost £1.25m until January when we can do business now?[/p][/quote]There is a piece on FB indicating that the money is going to clear 1 million pound over spend. Nickloza
  • Score: 1

6:16pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Cityman23 says...

I would seriously consider using Aaron McLean and Mark Yeates as swaps or make weights to bring in a winger plus one other player.

With Mason Bennett, Oliver Mcburnie and Lewis Clarkson we have three reasonably able partners for James Hanson, and AMc has not really convinced he is better than these three. Added to that it would be good to get the 'highest paid player at City' off the wage bill. ( I just don't believe he merits that) Mark Yeates continues to look as if he's going through the motions and again, there's four midfielders ahead of him in the pecking order. Another defender or midfielder would be worth getting.
I would seriously consider using Aaron McLean and Mark Yeates as swaps or make weights to bring in a winger plus one other player. With Mason Bennett, Oliver Mcburnie and Lewis Clarkson we have three reasonably able partners for James Hanson, and AMc has not really convinced he is better than these three. Added to that it would be good to get the 'highest paid player at City' off the wage bill. ( I just don't believe he merits that) Mark Yeates continues to look as if he's going through the motions and again, there's four midfielders ahead of him in the pecking order. Another defender or midfielder would be worth getting. Cityman23
  • Score: -3

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