COLIN Doyle says he wants to stay at a new-look Bradford City and plans to have talks over his future this week.

The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, whose contract is up in the close season, says he wants to extend his two-year spell at Valley Parade.

The 32-year-old says an “interesting summer” lies ahead both for himself and the managerless Bantams, who are set to release their retained player list early this week.

The former Birmingham City and Blackpool stopper said his family are settled in Yorkshire now as he sets up roots in Bradford.

Doyle said: “My future is up in the air. There is an interesting summer ahead for me and the club.

“I have really enjoyed my time at the club.”

He expects the club’s hierarchy to take all of the necessary steps to appoint the right replacement for the departed Simon Grayson.

A statement from the Bantams said they were looking for a head coach to take over with names such as former player Darren Moore, Steve Cotterill and Mick McCarthy among those linked with the vacant post. Gary Megson is also understood to be interested in the position.

Doyle said: “It’s a hard decision. You can’t read anything into who are the bookies’ favourites.

“I have seen a few names mentioned. It’s a shame that Simon is not going to be here anymore.

“It’s about us getting the right manager in and the players being fully behind him. But it is part and parcel of the game.

“The owners need to ensure that they bring in the right manager next and do all of their due diligence to do so.”

Doyle will turn his attentions from domestic to international matters after being named in the Republic of Ireland’s provisional squad for their forthcoming friendlies.

He has been included in a 40-man squad ahead of their friendly fixtures against Celtic, France and the United States.

Ireland are due to play the Scottish champions at Celtic Park on May 20 before taking on France in Paris on May 28 and USA at the Aviva Stadium on June 2.

Doyle represented his country for the second time against Turkey in March – less than 24 hours before helping City to victory over Gillingham in League One.

Doyle also paid tribute to City’s fans after he attended the commemoration of the 1985 fire disaster alongside his team-mates.

He added: “It’s great to see everyone come together. It is a tragic day.

“It puts everything in perspective. You don’t see anything like this could ever happen; people not coming back from watching a game of football.

“This makes sure the people who died will never be forgotten. Football doesn’t matter ultimately, it is just a hobby.”