Parkinson's signings will ‘excite’ fans, says Bantams chief Baldwin (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Phil Parkinson's signings will ‘excite’ fans, says Bradford City chief Baldwin
City have “absolute faith” in Phil Parkinson to build a promotion-pushing team.
Parkinson is keeping his cards close to his chest as he sets about rebuilding the squad.
But director of operations David Baldwin insisted that his low-key approach will pay off.
Fans are waiting for a first big signing as the May 31 season-ticket deadline draws near. Around 3,700 have been sold so far – 400 of them flexi-cards – but the club are hoping for a late rush.
An eye-catching arrival would certainly boost sales but City remain confident that Parkinson’s team will live up to expectations.
Baldwin said: “There’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes, and people should know that.
“We’re setting our stall out to go for a promotion. That’s the reality and we need the players who can do that.
“Yes, there’s a nervousness because of the season-ticket sales. There’s a massive ramp up on that rallying call because it has a direct bearing. If you want good players, you’ve got to have the money to do it.
“If you set your stall out with a signing and do it prior to the season-ticket deadline that obviously gives everybody a lift. We understand that.
“But you’ve got to make sure the deals are right. Don’t just push a signing over the line for the sake of it.
“But we have to take a punt as well and I think people will be quite excited when the signings come through.
“I have absolute faith in the manager’s ability to source those players at the right deal.”
Baldwin added: “David and Luke have confirmed, improved deals in front of them in writing. They have 30 days from the time those letters were received to decide whether to accept them.
“Simon’s situation is an ongoing discussion. I think he was away for a little while after the memorial service but there’s a planned rendezvous with the manager when an offer will be presented to him.”