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Ritchie Jones aims to up the ante in front of goal for Bradford City
Ritchie Jones will work on his shooting practice over the summer after admitting: City need more midfield goals.
Jones played 38 games in his first season at Valley Parade but managed to score only once against Port Vale.
The former Manchester United trainee has never been a prolific goal-getter, netting just nine from more than 150 league appearances. His best haul in a season was four for Hartlepool.
But he insists Phil Parkinson is right to demand more output beyond the frontline – and wants to start delivering his fair share.
Jones said: “I’m probably my own biggest critic and I’m always wanting to improve certain parts of my game. But I know I’ve got to get a few more goals.
“I have been trying but it’s not fallen for me as much as I would have liked. But I want to chip in more for next season because it’s important for the team.
The gaffer’s right that it’s not just the job of the strikers. They get put under a lot of pressure to score goals but other people do have to provide a few moreRitchie Jones
“The gaffer’s right that it’s not just the job of the strikers. They get put under a lot of pressure to score goals but other people do have to provide a few more. That’s one of the things I can really work on for next season.”
City bagged just 64 goals from 54 games overall, with 54 in the league – where only five teams scored less. They netted 25 fewer than League Two’s hot-shots Gillingham.
Like Jones, midfield partner Ricky Ravenhill also struck only once, while four of Michael Flynn’s six goals came from the penalty spot. Kyel Reid added four from the left wing.
Parkinson also wants more from defenders at set-pieces, the back four having contributed just six goals in total.
Meanwhile, former City full back Robbie Threlfall, 23, has joined League Two rivals Morecambe on a two-year deal.
Threlfall, who becomes the first summer arrival at the Globe Arena, has not appeared for the Bantams since January and ended the season playing in Scotland with Dundee.
He said: “I know a couple of Morecambe players and as soon as they started talking about the place, I knew it would be a great place to come to.”