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Phil Parkinson gives his reasons for letting so many Bradford City players go
Phil Parkinson has admitted that Kelvin Etuhu is on his radar as he gears up for a major overhaul at Valley Parade this summer.
The City boss has already begun to ring the changes after releasing Lee Bullock, Marcel Seip and Rob Kozluk last week.
The departures will free up space in Parkinson’s budget and the City boss is currently beavering away behind the scenes in a bid to bring in new players.
Although no deals are imminent, former Manchester City forward Etuhu, who spent last season at Portsmouth and is now a free agent, is one potential signing.
Nigerian-born Etuhu, 23, plays on the right flank and is the younger brother of Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu.
There’s nothing imminent and it’s going to take a while for things to sort themselves out throughout the summerPhil Parkinson
Asked about the link with Etuhu, Parkinson said: “It was a call from someone I know down in Portsmouth who told me he may possibly be available.
“He’s one of several players we’re speaking to, along with their agents.
“But there’s nothing imminent and it’s going to take a while for things to sort themselves out throughout the summer.”
“We felt that it was time for Lee to move on but it was a close call because he’s such a good pro and he has done well for us at times this season,” said the Bantams boss.
“We wish him all the best and thank him for what he’s done.
“Marcel was slightly different because his contract ended.
“He had his shoulder injury and he’s got a base down in Plymouth, so he wanted to try and get something down that way.
“It was pretty straightforward that he was going to go at the end of the season.”
Parkinson did not rule out Kozluk, who was brought in as a stop-gap in January when Ramsden was injured, returning to City.
“Koz did well but I’ve got to try and look for a couple of younger full backs,” he said.
“If the budget is available in the summer to bring him back as cover, then we certainly wouldn’t rule that out.
“For the moment I’ve got to look elsewhere and he’s got to himself. But he’s a great lad and has made his contribution.”
Branston and Williams, meanwhile, are among six players still in contract who are no longer in Parkinson’s plans.
“When Guy came back in he did well and I thank him for that,” said Parkinson.
“But he understands that I’ve got to build my own team and put my own mark on this squad.
“If something comes up that suits him and us, then we’re happy for him to go.
“We thought we had a deal for Steve Williams to go to Inverness but that seems not to be happening at the moment.
“There will be one or two other clubs interested in him, though, so we’ll see what happens.”