Loan left back an option for Bradford City

Matthew Bates is set to continue at left back as Phil Parkinson continues his search for a suitable signing

Matthew Bates is set to continue at left back as Phil Parkinson continues his search for a suitable signing

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

Phil Parkinson is happy to go beyond the transfer deadline to land the right left back.

Matthew Bates is expected to continue in the role tonight after taking over in the second half against Sheffield United.

Parkinson’s hunt for a specialist goes on but the approaching emergency loan window – which starts a week after the January one shuts – gives him extra time to manoeuvre.

The City boss said: “We’re speaking to several people but, as I keep saying, it’s the trickiest position to get a left back with experience. Teams don’t want to give them up.

“In an ideal world we’ll get a left back by Friday to strengthen the squad. But we haven’t managed to do it so far.

“We’ve also got the option of the loan window, so it doesn’t have to be done by then. We need to make sure it’s the right call.”

Parkinson confirmed exits are expected, with Alan Connell in particular set to quit Valley Parade this week. His former club Grimsby are among those interested.

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9:49am Tue 28 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

Why can't we just concentate on getting a left-back instead of trying to find a right left-back, LOL (groans).

On a serious note, surely the club should be concentrating on tying Meredith down and, as he is likely to continue as the first choice, a loanee left-back would make more sense. If PP can't find a suitable left-back all through the summer (2013), what chance has he got of fining one in January???? I'm sure there will be some half-decent reserve left-backs kicking around the Premier League/Championship that can do a better job that McHugh/Bates, even if only for a month or two.
Why can't we just concentate on getting a left-back instead of trying to find a right left-back, LOL (groans). On a serious note, surely the club should be concentrating on tying Meredith down and, as he is likely to continue as the first choice, a loanee left-back would make more sense. If PP can't find a suitable left-back all through the summer (2013), what chance has he got of fining one in January???? I'm sure there will be some half-decent reserve left-backs kicking around the Premier League/Championship that can do a better job that McHugh/Bates, even if only for a month or two. Waynus1971
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10:20am Tue 28 Jan 14

Peter300 says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Why can't we just concentate on getting a left-back instead of trying to find a right left-back, LOL (groans).

On a serious note, surely the club should be concentrating on tying Meredith down and, as he is likely to continue as the first choice, a loanee left-back would make more sense. If PP can't find a suitable left-back all through the summer (2013), what chance has he got of fining one in January???? I'm sure there will be some half-decent reserve left-backs kicking around the Premier League/Championship that can do a better job that McHugh/Bates, even if only for a month or two.
Here we go, Mr. Pessimistic (hope that's right). You will be the first to knock Phil if he doesn't bring in a left-back to your liking. Your attitude is just to sign any left-back. It's all about player availibity and its quite possible that a left-back could be signed before the end of the month. If not, just be patient. Anyway, as you will have noticed, James Meredith has received a lot of stick on here. Were you one of those on James' case?
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: Why can't we just concentate on getting a left-back instead of trying to find a right left-back, LOL (groans). On a serious note, surely the club should be concentrating on tying Meredith down and, as he is likely to continue as the first choice, a loanee left-back would make more sense. If PP can't find a suitable left-back all through the summer (2013), what chance has he got of fining one in January???? I'm sure there will be some half-decent reserve left-backs kicking around the Premier League/Championship that can do a better job that McHugh/Bates, even if only for a month or two.[/p][/quote]Here we go, Mr. Pessimistic (hope that's right). You will be the first to knock Phil if he doesn't bring in a left-back to your liking. Your attitude is just to sign any left-back. It's all about player availibity and its quite possible that a left-back could be signed before the end of the month. If not, just be patient. Anyway, as you will have noticed, James Meredith has received a lot of stick on here. Were you one of those on James' case? Peter300
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11:50am Tue 28 Jan 14

whisky1 says...

Chill Waynus it will be reet. Charlie Taylor (was with us briefly) looked like dogs balls in that position on tv last night on loan at Fleetwood (. One to watch for the future)
Chill Waynus it will be reet. Charlie Taylor (was with us briefly) looked like dogs balls in that position on tv last night on loan at Fleetwood (. One to watch for the future) whisky1
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2:33pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

whisky1 wrote:
Chill Waynus it will be reet. Charlie Taylor (was with us briefly) looked like dogs balls in that position on tv last night on loan at Fleetwood (. One to watch for the future)
I am chilled. Simply making the point that if PP finds it difficult to sign a permanent back-up last summer, why is he expecting more joy in this short window? I have no doubt that PP will bring in a quality player. My point is that a loan option is just as good and that PP isn't tied to just trying to get a permanent signing in.

As you said yourself, there are good players available on loan deals, so why not for us (Charlie Taylor)?
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: Chill Waynus it will be reet. Charlie Taylor (was with us briefly) looked like dogs balls in that position on tv last night on loan at Fleetwood (. One to watch for the future)[/p][/quote]I am chilled. Simply making the point that if PP finds it difficult to sign a permanent back-up last summer, why is he expecting more joy in this short window? I have no doubt that PP will bring in a quality player. My point is that a loan option is just as good and that PP isn't tied to just trying to get a permanent signing in. As you said yourself, there are good players available on loan deals, so why not for us (Charlie Taylor)? Waynus1971
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2:39pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

Peter300 wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote:
Why can't we just concentate on getting a left-back instead of trying to find a right left-back, LOL (groans).

On a serious note, surely the club should be concentrating on tying Meredith down and, as he is likely to continue as the first choice, a loanee left-back would make more sense. If PP can't find a suitable left-back all through the summer (2013), what chance has he got of fining one in January???? I'm sure there will be some half-decent reserve left-backs kicking around the Premier League/Championship that can do a better job that McHugh/Bates, even if only for a month or two.
Here we go, Mr. Pessimistic (hope that's right). You will be the first to knock Phil if he doesn't bring in a left-back to your liking. Your attitude is just to sign any left-back. It's all about player availibity and its quite possible that a left-back could be signed before the end of the month. If not, just be patient. Anyway, as you will have noticed, James Meredith has received a lot of stick on here. Were you one of those on James' case?
No Peter I wasn't; were you? I like Mezza (hence my comment about being concerned he hasn't been tied down yet)!!!!

I'm not suggesting PP bring any left-back at all. However PP has now bleated twice about how difficult it is to bring in a player on a permanent deal. I'm just pointing out the obvious that he should be looking at the loan market instead. Surely not every left-back is as sh1te as you were!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: Why can't we just concentate on getting a left-back instead of trying to find a right left-back, LOL (groans). On a serious note, surely the club should be concentrating on tying Meredith down and, as he is likely to continue as the first choice, a loanee left-back would make more sense. If PP can't find a suitable left-back all through the summer (2013), what chance has he got of fining one in January???? I'm sure there will be some half-decent reserve left-backs kicking around the Premier League/Championship that can do a better job that McHugh/Bates, even if only for a month or two.[/p][/quote]Here we go, Mr. Pessimistic (hope that's right). You will be the first to knock Phil if he doesn't bring in a left-back to your liking. Your attitude is just to sign any left-back. It's all about player availibity and its quite possible that a left-back could be signed before the end of the month. If not, just be patient. Anyway, as you will have noticed, James Meredith has received a lot of stick on here. Were you one of those on James' case?[/p][/quote]No Peter I wasn't; were you? I like Mezza (hence my comment about being concerned he hasn't been tied down yet)!!!! I'm not suggesting PP bring any left-back at all. However PP has now bleated twice about how difficult it is to bring in a player on a permanent deal. I'm just pointing out the obvious that he should be looking at the loan market instead. Surely not every left-back is as sh1te as you were!!!! Waynus1971
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