Time for me to move on, says Arnison

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Paul Arnison has dropped to third-choice right-back Paul Arnison has dropped to third-choice right-back

Paul Arnison is looking to quit Valley Parade for first-team football.

City’s summer swoop for Simon Ramsden from Roch-dale and Blackburn youngster Jon Bateson has pushed Arnison well down the pecking order at right back.

The former Carlisle defender is only halfway through a two-year contract but accepts his days are numbered and has put out feelers elsewhere.

Arnison said: “I knew the manager was bringing in a right back for competition but when two came in, it was time for me to move on.

“I don’t want to leave the club but things don’t always work out as you want. I’m 31, nearly 32, and at my age I just want to be playing.

“I’ve spoken to the gaffer and he knows the situation. If I can find a club, and it’s amicable for both parties, then I will look to go somewhere and hopefully play regularly again.”

Arnison is reluctant to relocate his family from the north-east. He has already sounded out Colin Todd’s Darlington and former club Hartlepool but without success.

He added: “Nothing’s really happening at the moment. I’m just training and working hard and waiting to see if something will come off.

“Right backs are not normally a priority area. It’s different if you’re a centre forward, central midfield or a goalkeeper because they are more sought-after.

“And it’s hard with that many players trying to find a club, especially in the credit crunch.”

Arnison played 28 games last season but found himself pushed out of the side for spells by loan imports TJ Moncur and Zesh Rehman.

The arrival of Ramsden, who ironically travels down with him to training, as first choice has confirmed his decision to seek a fresh start.

Arnison said: “I’ll still be professional because you never know what might happen. If you get injuries, suspensions or loss of form then things could change.

“You’ve got to be fit and keep ticking over because clubs can come in at any time. But I am finding it tough because every footballer just wants to play.

“It’s hard when you’re out injured so to not be involved at all is not what you want.

“If it means taking a pay cut to go somewhere, then that’s fine. I just want to be out on the pitch.”

Meanwhile, Guiseley striker James Hanson was due to hook up with City at training today after returning from holiday.

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7:44am Thu 9 Jul 09

CasualBantam says...

Sorry Simon Parker, but this is your best 'nothing' story of the close season yet.....we are not remotely interested in players who are looking to leave the club.
Instead, we want to know who is coming in. Why can't you be asking the club about Steve Jones for instance or any other potential transfer targets. This story is nothing more than a column filler!
Sorry Simon Parker, but this is your best 'nothing' story of the close season yet.....we are not remotely interested in players who are looking to leave the club. Instead, we want to know who is coming in. Why can't you be asking the club about Steve Jones for instance or any other potential transfer targets. This story is nothing more than a column filler! CasualBantam

8:04am Thu 9 Jul 09

lonniejockstrap says...

I think the right back position definately needs a pacy player with the abillity to get forward on overlaps and get in crosses, along with the abillity to pick out players whilst under pressure. Unfortunately, Arnie, for me, hasn't got thatabillity. I hope things work out for him and he finds a Club that can use him. City of course would benefit from the saving of his wages.
I think the right back position definately needs a pacy player with the abillity to get forward on overlaps and get in crosses, along with the abillity to pick out players whilst under pressure. Unfortunately, Arnie, for me, hasn't got thatabillity. I hope things work out for him and he finds a Club that can use him. City of course would benefit from the saving of his wages. lonniejockstrap

8:13am Thu 9 Jul 09

claytonbantam says...

solid but too old dads army doesnt really work but i like the thinking behind signings this season. young or in the case of rehman n ramsden players in the peak of their career
solid but too old dads army doesnt really work but i like the thinking behind signings this season. young or in the case of rehman n ramsden players in the peak of their career claytonbantam

8:16am Thu 9 Jul 09

Bantam58 says...

CasualBantam wrote:
Sorry Simon Parker, but this is your best 'nothing' story of the close season yet.....we are not remotely interested in players who are looking to leave the club. Instead, we want to know who is coming in. Why can't you be asking the club about Steve Jones for instance or any other potential transfer targets. This story is nothing more than a column filler!
get off simon parkers back and get a life, have you really nothing better to do with your life than moan about a report in the local paper, he is damned if he does and damned if he does,nt
[quote][p][bold]CasualBantam[/bold] wrote: Sorry Simon Parker, but this is your best 'nothing' story of the close season yet.....we are not remotely interested in players who are looking to leave the club. Instead, we want to know who is coming in. Why can't you be asking the club about Steve Jones for instance or any other potential transfer targets. This story is nothing more than a column filler![/p][/quote]get off simon parkers back and get a life, have you really nothing better to do with your life than moan about a report in the local paper, he is damned if he does and damned if he does,nt Bantam58

8:29am Thu 9 Jul 09

fatbloke says...

Too slow, won't miss you. I noticed this time last year you weren't a great signing, oh well, arevoir.
Too slow, won't miss you. I noticed this time last year you weren't a great signing, oh well, arevoir. fatbloke

8:49am Thu 9 Jul 09

bantam87 says...

Bantam58 wrote:
CasualBantam wrote: Sorry Simon Parker, but this is your best 'nothing' story of the close season yet.....we are not remotely interested in players who are looking to leave the club. Instead, we want to know who is coming in. Why can't you be asking the club about Steve Jones for instance or any other potential transfer targets. This story is nothing more than a column filler!
get off simon parkers back and get a life, have you really nothing better to do with your life than moan about a report in the local paper, he is damned if he does and damned if he does,nt
Exactly, whats Simon Parker to do, atleast he has got news, imagine the out cry if he didnt produce anything for weeks like it used to be!! Get a grip some people news is news.
[quote][p][bold]Bantam58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CasualBantam[/bold] wrote: Sorry Simon Parker, but this is your best 'nothing' story of the close season yet.....we are not remotely interested in players who are looking to leave the club. Instead, we want to know who is coming in. Why can't you be asking the club about Steve Jones for instance or any other potential transfer targets. This story is nothing more than a column filler![/p][/quote]get off simon parkers back and get a life, have you really nothing better to do with your life than moan about a report in the local paper, he is damned if he does and damned if he does,nt[/p][/quote]Exactly, whats Simon Parker to do, atleast he has got news, imagine the out cry if he didnt produce anything for weeks like it used to be!! Get a grip some people news is news. bantam87

9:07am Thu 9 Jul 09

DonPedro says...

bantam87 wrote:
Bantam58 wrote:
CasualBantam wrote: Sorry Simon Parker, but this is your best 'nothing' story of the close season yet.....we are not remotely interested in players who are looking to leave the club. Instead, we want to know who is coming in. Why can't you be asking the club about Steve Jones for instance or any other potential transfer targets. This story is nothing more than a column filler!
get off simon parkers back and get a life, have you really nothing better to do with your life than moan about a report in the local paper, he is damned if he does and damned if he does,nt
Exactly, whats Simon Parker to do, atleast he has got news, imagine the out cry if he didnt produce anything for weeks like it used to be!! Get a grip some people news is news.
CasualBantam is right though. Fair enough mr parker add this as a news feed but also add another story as well. somethings that actually catches our attention. Its not just casual bantam that thinks Parker comes out with the worst news ever, hes always late with "breaking stories" etc
[quote][p][bold]bantam87[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantam58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CasualBantam[/bold] wrote: Sorry Simon Parker, but this is your best 'nothing' story of the close season yet.....we are not remotely interested in players who are looking to leave the club. Instead, we want to know who is coming in. Why can't you be asking the club about Steve Jones for instance or any other potential transfer targets. This story is nothing more than a column filler![/p][/quote]get off simon parkers back and get a life, have you really nothing better to do with your life than moan about a report in the local paper, he is damned if he does and damned if he does,nt[/p][/quote]Exactly, whats Simon Parker to do, atleast he has got news, imagine the out cry if he didnt produce anything for weeks like it used to be!! Get a grip some people news is news. [/p][/quote]CasualBantam is right though. Fair enough mr parker add this as a news feed but also add another story as well. somethings that actually catches our attention. Its not just casual bantam that thinks Parker comes out with the worst news ever, hes always late with "breaking stories" etc DonPedro

9:15am Thu 9 Jul 09

joecolbeck4england says...

Personally I thought Arni was a little unfortunate last season. Okay, he wasn't the fastest fullback and when up against a pacy winger, he struggled. However, so did TJ and Rehman. Also, if I remember rightly, our wingers were fairly successful when up against Ramsden when playing Rochdale.

Arnison wasn't the greatest fullback, but he was adequate for this league. When (not often enough however) he did get forward, his crossing was excellent too. I will be sorry to leave him go.

That said, I expected this as soon as Ramsden was signed. His wages may help us bring in a central midfielder or a wide player.

As for the story, at least it is news we haven't already heard from another source. That is what irritates me most about Parker's journalism; getting the news story second hand.
Personally I thought Arni was a little unfortunate last season. Okay, he wasn't the fastest fullback and when up against a pacy winger, he struggled. However, so did TJ and Rehman. Also, if I remember rightly, our wingers were fairly successful when up against Ramsden when playing Rochdale. Arnison wasn't the greatest fullback, but he was adequate for this league. When (not often enough however) he did get forward, his crossing was excellent too. I will be sorry to leave him go. That said, I expected this as soon as Ramsden was signed. His wages may help us bring in a central midfielder or a wide player. As for the story, at least it is news we haven't already heard from another source. That is what irritates me most about Parker's journalism; getting the news story second hand. joecolbeck4england

10:10am Thu 9 Jul 09

philthyr says...

In the past few weeks, I have often started the day with a sigh at the non-news on here, but consider two things - 1) a lot of the 'news' we get elsewhere turns out to be rubbish, rumour and nothing more, and 2) sometimes no news is good news. I'm considering the complete and utter lack of comment on Steve Jones as being a good thing - why telegraph the fact we are targetting particular players just so the likes of Oldham can swoop in and give a better offer? Perhaps this is City being smart and playing their cards close to their chest for once.
In the past few weeks, I have often started the day with a sigh at the non-news on here, but consider two things - 1) a lot of the 'news' we get elsewhere turns out to be rubbish, rumour and nothing more, and 2) sometimes no news is good news. I'm considering the complete and utter lack of comment on Steve Jones as being a good thing - why telegraph the fact we are targetting particular players just so the likes of Oldham can swoop in and give a better offer? Perhaps this is City being smart and playing their cards close to their chest for once. philthyr

10:11am Thu 9 Jul 09

tyker says...

seems like he never committed as his wife and kids live in the north east--was he actually commuting daily to train? was he training away from City for most of the week.

Whatever became of the policy of ensuring the players lived within a "reasonable" distance from the club?

Not sure anyone will take him off us:perhaps he will negotiate a termination of his contract. i.e a cancellation. Watch this space for no news on that front:he will be happy to stay for another season being paid a good wedge for not playing!!
seems like he never committed as his wife and kids live in the north east--was he actually commuting daily to train? was he training away from City for most of the week. Whatever became of the policy of ensuring the players lived within a "reasonable" distance from the club? Not sure anyone will take him off us:perhaps he will negotiate a termination of his contract. i.e a cancellation. Watch this space for no news on that front:he will be happy to stay for another season being paid a good wedge for not playing!! tyker

10:53am Thu 9 Jul 09

peanut4 says...

Unfortunately, for whatever reason Stuart wants to get rid of Arno, I feel he's wrong.

The stats speak for themselves, and we kept a clean sheet in half the games that Arno played in. He was comfortable on the ball, good going forward and solid at the back. Yes, he was susceptible to pace and prone to silly mistakes, but we're a League Two club, and we're not going to get many better players. We didn't really need another right back.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason Stuart wants to get rid of Arno, I feel he's wrong. The stats speak for themselves, and we kept a clean sheet in half the games that Arno played in. He was comfortable on the ball, good going forward and solid at the back. Yes, he was susceptible to pace and prone to silly mistakes, but we're a League Two club, and we're not going to get many better players. We didn't really need another right back. peanut4

10:54am Thu 9 Jul 09

waynebantamwdk says...

I thought Arnison played not bad,Speed was his weekspot but he wasnt that slow,he was good at getting foward and a really good crosser of the ball, he was miles better than T J Moncur i thought personally he was crap!
I thought Arnison played not bad,Speed was his weekspot but he wasnt that slow,he was good at getting foward and a really good crosser of the ball, he was miles better than T J Moncur i thought personally he was crap! waynebantamwdk

10:57am Thu 9 Jul 09

peanut4 says...

tyker wrote:
seems like he never committed as his wife and kids live in the north east--was he actually commuting daily to train? was he training away from City for most of the week. Whatever became of the policy of ensuring the players lived within a "reasonable" distance from the club? Not sure anyone will take him off us:perhaps he will negotiate a termination of his contract. i.e a cancellation. Watch this space for no news on that front:he will be happy to stay for another season being paid a good wedge for not playing!!
Arno isn't the only one to commute from the North-East, Lee and Bully both came with him. Thorney lives over in Manchester. Nix and Law supposedly live down in Rotherham. They won't be the only ones.

As for getting paid a good wedge, you're extremely wrong. Players have mouths to feed, mortgages to pay. He was the one given the two-year deal and I suspect he's on a lot less than you think.
[quote][p][bold]tyker[/bold] wrote: seems like he never committed as his wife and kids live in the north east--was he actually commuting daily to train? was he training away from City for most of the week. Whatever became of the policy of ensuring the players lived within a "reasonable" distance from the club? Not sure anyone will take him off us:perhaps he will negotiate a termination of his contract. i.e a cancellation. Watch this space for no news on that front:he will be happy to stay for another season being paid a good wedge for not playing!![/p][/quote]Arno isn't the only one to commute from the North-East, Lee and Bully both came with him. Thorney lives over in Manchester. Nix and Law supposedly live down in Rotherham. They won't be the only ones. As for getting paid a good wedge, you're extremely wrong. Players have mouths to feed, mortgages to pay. He was the one given the two-year deal and I suspect he's on a lot less than you think. peanut4

12:57pm Thu 9 Jul 09

probes67 says...

The news is quite boring at the moment so who'es up for a debate.

It is my opinion that we need to change our formation from the standard 4 - 4 - 2, system to a 4 - 3 - 1 - 2 system.

I feel we need to get stronger down the middle. Last year we seemed to be very open straight down the middle. So in my opinion we should go narrow in midfield with 3 central midfielders. These players would be responsible for winning the ball, protecting our defence. But then we have won the ball move forward quickly to support the front men, whilst retaining 1 player sweeping in front of the defence.

Then I have 1 attacking midfielder behind our front two. For this position I would reserve this place for one of our fastest players. Ie Joe Colbeck, Omar Daley, or Steve Jones if he signs. I would not fill this player with a fancy type player. My thinking behind this player, is someone who can support our front two strikers, quicker that what we did last year. Most teams have a flat back 4, and are used to playing against 2 strikers, and two attcaking midfielders going down both wings. By giving this loose forward a free reign to run all over their defence, I believe this would create lots of goals, for our front men.

I know people like the two wingers we try to play with, but unless you have a huge strapping center forward to get on the end of crosses, this style of play is wasted.

By playing this system is good when going forward, and very strong down the middle at the back. It does create a weakness if a side attacks down the wings, with their full backs and midfielders, but that is where we need to keep them when they are attacking, out on the wings. We have to be strong in the middle to clear out any ball they cross into the middle, thats when we need to be strong and clear our lines. But with 2 centre halves and 3 central midfielders buzzing around. This should make us strong and good enough within the modern game.

Here's open to be shot at.
The news is quite boring at the moment so who'es up for a debate. It is my opinion that we need to change our formation from the standard 4 - 4 - 2, system to a 4 - 3 - 1 - 2 system. I feel we need to get stronger down the middle. Last year we seemed to be very open straight down the middle. So in my opinion we should go narrow in midfield with 3 central midfielders. These players would be responsible for winning the ball, protecting our defence. But then we have won the ball move forward quickly to support the front men, whilst retaining 1 player sweeping in front of the defence. Then I have 1 attacking midfielder behind our front two. For this position I would reserve this place for one of our fastest players. Ie Joe Colbeck, Omar Daley, or Steve Jones if he signs. I would not fill this player with a fancy type player. My thinking behind this player, is someone who can support our front two strikers, quicker that what we did last year. Most teams have a flat back 4, and are used to playing against 2 strikers, and two attcaking midfielders going down both wings. By giving this loose forward a free reign to run all over their defence, I believe this would create lots of goals, for our front men. I know people like the two wingers we try to play with, but unless you have a huge strapping center forward to get on the end of crosses, this style of play is wasted. By playing this system is good when going forward, and very strong down the middle at the back. It does create a weakness if a side attacks down the wings, with their full backs and midfielders, but that is where we need to keep them when they are attacking, out on the wings. We have to be strong in the middle to clear out any ball they cross into the middle, thats when we need to be strong and clear our lines. But with 2 centre halves and 3 central midfielders buzzing around. This should make us strong and good enough within the modern game. Here's open to be shot at. probes67

7:23pm Thu 9 Jul 09

tyker says...

peanut4 wrote:
tyker wrote: seems like he never committed as his wife and kids live in the north east--was he actually commuting daily to train? was he training away from City for most of the week. Whatever became of the policy of ensuring the players lived within a "reasonable" distance from the club? Not sure anyone will take him off us:perhaps he will negotiate a termination of his contract. i.e a cancellation. Watch this space for no news on that front:he will be happy to stay for another season being paid a good wedge for not playing!!
Arno isn't the only one to commute from the North-East, Lee and Bully both came with him. Thorney lives over in Manchester. Nix and Law supposedly live down in Rotherham. They won't be the only ones. As for getting paid a good wedge, you're extremely wrong. Players have mouths to feed, mortgages to pay. He was the one given the two-year deal and I suspect he's on a lot less than you think.
the club announced they wanted four top earners off their books as soon as possible:was not Arnison one of those four?.

However it is an irrelevance as to what I think he is earning and what you think he is earning:the bottom line is that the club want him away.

Lee and Mclaren done:just Arnison and Brandon to go and please may it be soon.

all four were duff SM signings!!!
[quote][p][bold]peanut4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker[/bold] wrote: seems like he never committed as his wife and kids live in the north east--was he actually commuting daily to train? was he training away from City for most of the week. Whatever became of the policy of ensuring the players lived within a "reasonable" distance from the club? Not sure anyone will take him off us:perhaps he will negotiate a termination of his contract. i.e a cancellation. Watch this space for no news on that front:he will be happy to stay for another season being paid a good wedge for not playing!![/p][/quote]Arno isn't the only one to commute from the North-East, Lee and Bully both came with him. Thorney lives over in Manchester. Nix and Law supposedly live down in Rotherham. They won't be the only ones. As for getting paid a good wedge, you're extremely wrong. Players have mouths to feed, mortgages to pay. He was the one given the two-year deal and I suspect he's on a lot less than you think.[/p][/quote]the club announced they wanted four top earners off their books as soon as possible:was not Arnison one of those four?. However it is an irrelevance as to what I think he is earning and what you think he is earning:the bottom line is that the club want him away. Lee and Mclaren done:just Arnison and Brandon to go and please may it be soon. all four were duff SM signings!!! tyker

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