CITY will see a "different" Chris Routis if they choose to keep him at Valley Parade for another season.

The club have a second-year option on the versatile Frenchman – one they are expected to take up.

Phil Parkinson has decisions to make on the out-of-contract members of his squad before next weekend's cut-off point.

Routis, like Matty Dolan and goalkeeper Matt Urwin, has another season on his present deal at City's discretion.

It would be a surprise if the 25-year-old was not retained by Parkinson, who clearly rates him as a footballer.

But Routis, who played 22 times in his first taste of England, has to nail down a regular position after being switched from his natural defensive role to midfield.

"I don't know if I'm better player now but I think I'm different," he said.

"This season was difficult for me because I started playing centre back and then I didn't play for a long time. That period was hard for me.

"Now I play right midfield, centre midfield, centre back. I play everywhere.

"This is the problem for me. But it was sometimes similar when I played in Switzerland – I've played right back, midfield and centre back for Servette.

"It feels okay and I just want to give my best. I like playing number six (centre half) but if I can help the team in any position, then I am happy."

Routis has admitted that his debut campaign at Valley Parade was a sharp learning curve at times, particularly after he was dropped following a poor performance against Oldham and spent nearly four months out the side.

He bounced back to start eight of City's final 11 games – but was also sent off in the pivotal home defeat to Preston on Easter Monday.

That was as a central defender but, apart from the first half at Scunthorpe, Routis featured in midfield for the last four fixtures.

Now he is hoping those performances have been enough to convince Parkinson that he will have more to offer second time around.

Routis said: "It's a one-year option for the club and they will talk to me. But I just focus on my job and have tried to give everything I possibly can.

"I think it's good for the club when a lot of players stay. You can start from a better position.

"This season there were a lot of changes, so it's difficult at the start because everyone is new.

"Now I feel better at Bradford because my English is better and I fit in better with the players."