Arnison interested in City move

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Paul Arnison is hoping to provide the answer to Stuart McCall’s right-back conundrum.

City are one of four clubs chasing the 30-year-old defender, who was released last month by Carlisle.

Arnison has had talks with McCall about a possible switch to Valley Parade and has given City the green light to step up their interest.

He said: “I would be keen if we can agree everything. Things are looking quite good and I’m hopeful that something will happen for me sooner rather than later.”

Arnison was a regular in the Carlisle side which won promotion from the basement division two years ago but he has found himself playing second fiddle to former Liverpool youngster David Raven.

Last season Arnison was restricted to only 11 starts, although he did play in the play-off semi-final first leg when Carlisle beat Leeds at Elland Road.

He added: “I never got offered a contract by Carlisle but I would have turned it down anyway. At this stage of my career I just want to be playing week in, week out.

“Bradford are a good club and the fan-base is great. When you look at the crowds last season they really stood out and I’m sure it will be the same again this year.

“My agent spoke to Stuart and I’m just waiting to hear back. If they are interested in me then I would definitely be interested.”

Darlington are also in the running and Arnison’s home-town club Hartlepool, where he began his career, could be tempted to make a move.

Arnison, who lives in the north east, said: “I’ve got a young family so ideally I don’t want to be travelling more than a couple of hours every day.

“Bradford would be good from that point of view but I just want to go somewhere that I can play regularly.

“It doesn’t matter what division the club are in. I got promoted with Carlisle from that league and played most of the games, so I know what to expect.

“I’m just hoping to sort something soon because pre-season starts again in a fortnight. I want to be fixed up before then and concentrate on getting as fit as I can to come back.”

McCall is currently without a right back after releasing Darren Williams.

Ben Starosta returned to Sheffield United after the end of his loan spell and has another year remaining on his contract at Bramall Lane.

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8:37am Wed 18 Jun 08

MrSensible says...

Let's hope that he is the solution to a problem position. Expect more transfer talk hardening into signings at City and other clubs now that July approaches. What may be the sticking point in this deal is commuting. Getting to Bradford from the north east is not exactly easy. What's happened to Simon Ainge?
Let's hope that he is the solution to a problem position. Expect more transfer talk hardening into signings at City and other clubs now that July approaches. What may be the sticking point in this deal is commuting. Getting to Bradford from the north east is not exactly easy. What's happened to Simon Ainge? MrSensible

8:44am Wed 18 Jun 08

Helen Highwater says...

Before Mr Pitiful … er sorry Sensible goes on and on, I think this would be a good move for the club, fans and players alike. Paul is a good defender and will fit in well with the team.
Before Mr Pitiful … er sorry Sensible goes on and on, I think this would be a good move for the club, fans and players alike. Paul is a good defender and will fit in well with the team. Helen Highwater

8:52am Wed 18 Jun 08

Freddy says...

Apparently Greg Abbot(ABBO!)has recommended Paul Arnison to Stuart McCall. Abbo has done a great job at Carlisle, is a great friend and Ex-City Player. I would trust this recommendation and the reasons given,despite his lack of match fitness and age.(Providing he passes fully fit from a medical.) Pauls' experience would be invaluable to our intended push for promotion. I did wonder if we need a second 'Right Back',as cover for any injuries?. Paul would be a good signing, if we can outbid Darlington/Hartlepoo
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Apparently Greg Abbot(ABBO!)has recommended Paul Arnison to Stuart McCall. Abbo has done a great job at Carlisle, is a great friend and Ex-City Player. I would trust this recommendation and the reasons given,despite his lack of match fitness and age.(Providing he passes fully fit from a medical.) Pauls' experience would be invaluable to our intended push for promotion. I did wonder if we need a second 'Right Back',as cover for any injuries?. Paul would be a good signing, if we can outbid Darlington/Hartlepoo l. Freddy

9:04am Wed 18 Jun 08

Woodface says...

two weeks to pre-season.. i am assuming City are going to reveal a few signings between now and then. would hope they get most of the squad together well before the season starts otherwise we could take a while to gel.
two weeks to pre-season.. i am assuming City are going to reveal a few signings between now and then. would hope they get most of the squad together well before the season starts otherwise we could take a while to gel. Woodface

9:06am Wed 18 Jun 08

Woodface says...

I am a bit unsure about this websites new formatt.. it'll grow on me i hope, felt at home when i saw Mr Sensible throwing out his usual dribble..
I am a bit unsure about this websites new formatt.. it'll grow on me i hope, felt at home when i saw Mr Sensible throwing out his usual dribble.. Woodface

9:12am Wed 18 Jun 08

Woodface says...

I am a bit unsure about this websites new formatt.. it'll grow on me i hope, felt at home when i saw Mr Sensible throwing out his usual dribble..
I am a bit unsure about this websites new formatt.. it'll grow on me i hope, felt at home when i saw Mr Sensible throwing out his usual dribble.. Woodface

9:32am Wed 18 Jun 08

DickieBCFC says...

MrSensible wrote:
Good point made. Perhaps we could petition for a new road or improved public transport to better facilitate his transportation needs. Best not to let the grass grow too long on this one, we wouldn't want to wrongside the demographic.
[quote][bold]MrSensible[/bold] wrote: [/quote]Good point made. Perhaps we could petition for a new road or improved public transport to better facilitate his transportation needs. Best not to let the grass grow too long on this one, we wouldn't want to wrongside the demographic. DickieBCFC

9:37am Wed 18 Jun 08

Bantam58 says...

MrSensible wrote:
Are you still here !!!
[quote][bold]MrSensible[/bold] wrote: [/quote]Are you still here !!! Bantam58

9:41am Wed 18 Jun 08

DickieBCFC says...

MrSensible wrote:
Good point made. Perhaps we could petition for a new road or improved public transport to better facilitate his transportation needs. Best not to let the grass grow too long on this one, we wouldn't want to wrongside the demographic.
[quote][bold]MrSensible[/bold] wrote: [/quote]Good point made. Perhaps we could petition for a new road or improved public transport to better facilitate his transportation needs. Best not to let the grass grow too long on this one, we wouldn't want to wrongside the demographic. DickieBCFC

3:27pm Wed 18 Jun 08

shawzy idle supporters says...

L@@k at club website arnison has signed a two year deal.. thank god thats two decent signings now let the flood gates open... CTID......
L@@k at club website arnison has signed a two year deal.. thank god thats two decent signings now let the flood gates open... CTID...... shawzy idle supporters

4:38pm Wed 18 Jun 08

Mr Sensible says...

Just what we wanted, another big name, Arnison. Can they get any bigger, I don't think so. Nice to see you have been missing me but this is really me. Don't know what you think of the new format but I can assure you that although you are taking the same attitude, moronish,some of the item under my name have NOT been posted by me.
Just what we wanted, another big name, Arnison. Can they get any bigger, I don't think so. Nice to see you have been missing me but this is really me. Don't know what you think of the new format but I can assure you that although you are taking the same attitude, moronish,some of the item under my name have NOT been posted by me. Mr Sensible

5:25pm Wed 18 Jun 08

Mr Sensible says...

Just what we wanted, another big name, Arnison. Can they get any bigger, I don't think so. Nice to see you have been missing me but this is really me. Don't know what you think of the new format but I can assure you that although you are taking the same attitude, moronish,some of the item under my name have NOT been posted by me.
Just what we wanted, another big name, Arnison. Can they get any bigger, I don't think so. Nice to see you have been missing me but this is really me. Don't know what you think of the new format but I can assure you that although you are taking the same attitude, moronish,some of the item under my name have NOT been posted by me. Mr Sensible

10:36pm Wed 18 Jun 08

Mr Sensible says...

Have you all committed suicide. I do not blame you as the signings so far would not have been a credit to matlock Town.
Have you all committed suicide. I do not blame you as the signings so far would not have been a credit to matlock Town. Mr Sensible
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