I must turn Syers' exit into a positive, says Bradford City manager Parkinson (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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I must turn David Syers' exit into a positive, says Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson
Phil Parkinson has vowed to replace David Syers with an even better player following the midfielder’s defection to Doncaster.
Syers was out of contract at the end of last season but City offered him a new deal which Parkinson felt was “very competitive”.
But the 24-year-old has opted to join Dean Saunders’ League One outfit on a two-year deal as he looks to prove himself at a higher level.
Parkinson is philosophical about the Leeds-born player’s departure and says work is going on behind the scenes to replace him.
The Bantams boss said: “We made Dave an offer and our indications were that he would probably stay with us.
“We gave him his contract offer in writing and it was a very competitive one for this level.
“The dialogue I had with his agent was that he was probably going to sign for us again but Doncaster have come in and he’s decided to go there.
“Players who are out of contract have the opportunity to speak to other clubs and we wish Dave all the best.
“But the money is there in the budget now to replace him and I’ve got to make sure I get a better player in than Dave Syers and turn it into a positive.”
Both men are out of contract and are mulling over offers from City.
Parkinson expects a decision soon and says he has several irons in the fire, with former City striker Andy Gray still on his radar.
“I had a good chat with Luke on Thursday and will be speaking to him again shortly,” said Parkinson.
“I think we’ll known where we are with Luke in the next couple of days after further discussions with him.
Asked if he believed Oliver and Ramsden would pen new deals, Parkinson said: “There’s every chance but they’re in the open market and they’ve got decisions to make for their families and careers.
“While they may be courted by other clubs, equally we’re speaking to other players should they not sign new contracts with us.
“That’s the way it goes but there will be players coming in.”
Parkinson, who has so far signed Andrew Davies and Rory McArdle this summer, is eagerly awaiting the release of next season’s fixtures on Monday.
He added: “It’s great when the fixtures come out and certainly adds a bit of interest domestically.
“While everyone’s minds are on the Euros at the moment, the fixtures coming out just brings domestic matters into focus. We’re looking forward to Monday.”