Meredith insists no spot is secure in Bradford City line-up

James Meredith challenges Rochdale opponent Rhys Bennett during City's last league win

James Meredith challenges Rochdale opponent Rhys Bennett during City's last league win

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

JAMES Meredith has stressed that there are no guaranteed places in the City side.

Full back Meredith has regained a starting spot since Andrew Davies broke his arm – and played in central midfield in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy loss at Oldham.

But with Christopher Routis making an impressive defensive debut on Tuesday, the Australian's position could already be under threat.

Meredith feels there is strong competition for places even though the numbers at Phil Parkinson's disposal are not large.

He said: "This squad has got good players who can play in multiple positions. You can't really afford to not play well or give it your all because there's someone who definitely will.

"I'm enjoying it at the moment. Obviously it's really unfortunate with Andrew Davies because he's such a big part of the team. He's a leader and everyone looks up to him.

"I've had to come in and hopefully take my opportunity by doing my best. You've got to be professional about it and do as well as you can to win a spot in the team."

Despite the JP Trophy exit, it has been a positive opening month for City, who head into back-to-back home games just two points behind League One leaders Peterborough.

Meredith has been impressed with how quickly the new-look team has bedded in with the summer signings and a change of system.

"You've got to be able to adapt to different positions and different players," he said.

"I think we've started well. A lot of players are new and we've got to really nail down how we play as a team and how we work together.

"Jason Kennedy is a good example. He has got his head down and is like a machine at the moment.

"We've got some really gifted players in midfield. They are all sharp on the ball and honest lads who will work hard."

Alan Sheehan's arrival pushed Meredith down the pecking order but the pair have worked alongside each other since losing Davies.

Meredith said: "Alan's a very good player but they are two different types.

"Alan is probably more technically gifted but he reads the game as well. He is good in both positions at full back and centre half.

"Dava is more full throttle, taking people out with headers and things like that."

City are still talking with Filipe Morais about another short-term deal. The midfielder's original agreement ran out on Sunday, so he was not involved in midweek.

Third-choice goalkeeper Matt Urwin has signed for a year with an option for the club to extend it for next season.

The 20-year-old former Blackburn reserve has been with City on non-contract terms up to now.

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8:18am Thu 4 Sep 14

Dave2610 says...

Carnt drop the free scoring striker !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Carnt drop the free scoring striker !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dave2610
  • Score: -11

9:13am Thu 4 Sep 14

dannbradfc says...

I put forward in previous seasons the potential of Meredith to play left midfield (feeling smug ;-))......seriously though a main feature of what is a great start as been the ability of players swapping roles and positions. We still need more numbers and I've debated elsewhere with others to calm down on our seemingly promotion challenge. We were 4th last year when the loss of personnel led to an horrendous run. Injuries and suspensions will bite at some stage as will loss of form. Hopefully we are lucky and has a prediction I suggested mid-table but higher without injuries and perhaps lower with. There's been further recruitment since then and we'll have a better idea at the end of October.

We still need pace going forward ideally and also a striker. Ollie is a work in progress and Maclean is still yet to show us he is more than an average player at this level.......

I must commend Parky and the staff team on their seemingly success ful change of style thus far. Its still needs work and sometimes we are over-playing in the wrong areas but considering all the changes its utmost respect thus far and it could have easily gone the other way.......
I put forward in previous seasons the potential of Meredith to play left midfield (feeling smug ;-))......seriously though a main feature of what is a great start as been the ability of players swapping roles and positions. We still need more numbers and I've debated elsewhere with others to calm down on our seemingly promotion challenge. We were 4th last year when the loss of personnel led to an horrendous run. Injuries and suspensions will bite at some stage as will loss of form. Hopefully we are lucky and has a prediction I suggested mid-table but higher without injuries and perhaps lower with. There's been further recruitment since then and we'll have a better idea at the end of October. We still need pace going forward ideally and also a striker. Ollie is a work in progress and Maclean is still yet to show us he is more than an average player at this level....... I must commend Parky and the staff team on their seemingly success ful change of style thus far. Its still needs work and sometimes we are over-playing in the wrong areas but considering all the changes its utmost respect thus far and it could have easily gone the other way....... dannbradfc
  • Score: 9

11:45am Thu 4 Sep 14

lawsonio123 says...

Oh dannbradfc I cannot grasp what you are saying Mid Table Higher Or Lower This really is No Prediction at all my friend You are edging you bets so lets get down to the edge I Will say now TOP SIX no edging now its your turn a straight forecast no ifs or buts. I agree Meredith could well play in a number of positions. McLean is not showing what was expected so far .Ollie is a young man who is still developing who I am very sure will become a very good player Parky well nothing needs to be said we are lucky to have him. Take care and please let us have your firm forecast lawsonio123
Oh dannbradfc I cannot grasp what you are saying Mid Table Higher Or Lower This really is No Prediction at all my friend You are edging you bets so lets get down to the edge I Will say now TOP SIX no edging now its your turn a straight forecast no ifs or buts. I agree Meredith could well play in a number of positions. McLean is not showing what was expected so far .Ollie is a young man who is still developing who I am very sure will become a very good player Parky well nothing needs to be said we are lucky to have him. Take care and please let us have your firm forecast lawsonio123 lawsonio123
  • Score: 3

11:46am Thu 4 Sep 14

tyker7745 says...

Dann I posted something similar the other day. Routis in, Sheehan to left back and Meredith left mid. Could work subject to Routis being good enough
Dann I posted something similar the other day. Routis in, Sheehan to left back and Meredith left mid. Could work subject to Routis being good enough tyker7745
  • Score: 0

3:49pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Pretty sure at the minute our Midfiled is fine the way it is.. as is our Defence!! Why the need to change things!??!?!
Pretty sure at the minute our Midfiled is fine the way it is.. as is our Defence!! Why the need to change things!??!?! Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 3

8:57pm Fri 5 Sep 14

dannbradfc says...

It's easy to make a glib prediction. Particularly this season. There's too many variables and I admit its very difficult. Eg if Hanson and a couple of others were to pick up injuries the side on the field could look completely different and far less strong. Hence that's why there is a discrepancy. We've also recruited others since my original mid table prediction.

I think we didn't buy this transfer window to wait and see what the situation is at the next one. Depending on cup income the chairman may go for it if there is a chance of achieving something. so again that's another factor.

So my absolute honest truth is its far too early and difficult to give a prediction that's not from the heart. Whilst the head as to contend with a lot of circumstances. I will say that I am more optimistic than I was due to achieving results whilst still in a transitional stage for the new players and playing style
It's easy to make a glib prediction. Particularly this season. There's too many variables and I admit its very difficult. Eg if Hanson and a couple of others were to pick up injuries the side on the field could look completely different and far less strong. Hence that's why there is a discrepancy. We've also recruited others since my original mid table prediction. I think we didn't buy this transfer window to wait and see what the situation is at the next one. Depending on cup income the chairman may go for it if there is a chance of achieving something. so again that's another factor. So my absolute honest truth is its far too early and difficult to give a prediction that's not from the heart. Whilst the head as to contend with a lot of circumstances. I will say that I am more optimistic than I was due to achieving results whilst still in a transitional stage for the new players and playing style dannbradfc
  • Score: 0

9:08pm Fri 5 Sep 14

dannbradfc says...

Plastic bantam. .....agreed but we are commenting on what to do IF change is required. Thus meredith wide left gives us another option. ...
Plastic bantam. .....agreed but we are commenting on what to do IF change is required. Thus meredith wide left gives us another option. ... dannbradfc
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