LEVI Sutton will make a delayed entrance into Bradford City life.

The new season, when it eventually starts, will get underway without Stuart McCall’s first signing of the summer.

Sutton could miss up to the first four games – the consequence of his last involvement for hometown club Scunthorpe.

Thrown into local derby battle against Grimsby, Sutton had only been on the pitch for four minutes when he launched into a challenge on Elliot Whitehouse that left referee Anthony Backhouse reaching straight for his red card.

It was his second dismissal in 19 appearances last term and means Sutton will be a frustrated spectator as he faces an extended ban for the early weeks of League Two’s resumption.

But McCall, who thought the March dismissal looked harsh, admires that bit of edge to the versatile midfielder.

He said: “Looking at it again on the video, I think Levi could have got away with a yellow.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Levi Sutton, far right, watches Eoin Doyle score a penalty in Scunthorpe's 2-0 loss at City in December 2018Levi Sutton, far right, watches Eoin Doyle score a penalty in Scunthorpe's 2-0 loss at City in December 2018

“But you can see that he’s got that desire when he plays and wants to be as successful as he can.

“But he fits in the template that we want at the club.

“He’s not happy just to be a player, he wants to be the best player he can be.

“I can work with lads like that all day long. That’s what attracts me to Levi.

“I know I will get total commitment and effort from Levi when I put him on the pitch.”

Sutton played in his natural central midfield role during McCall’s Scunthorpe tenure having previously proved an effective right back under previous boss Graham Alexander.

But McCall hinted there could be scope to use him as a right wing-back after one particularly successful outing.

He added: “Scunthorpe got beaten heavily at Bradford just before Christmas that season and then we went down to Peterborough, who were near the top of the league, on New Year’s Day.

“Levi had never done the role as a wing-back before but he was terrific there.

“We’ve brought him in ideally to play in the middle of the park and get about the game. We know he can produce an energy and ability in there.

“You need all kinds of midfielders these days and he’s a combative all-rounder. I know I can trust him to do a job wherever.

“In my spell at Scunthorpe, he was certainly in the top couple of performers and that was in League One. I’ve no worries about him.”

Sutton, the third oldest of among four brothers and three sisters, has revealed how keen he was to link up with McCall once more.

But he admitted it was a strange way to finish his time at Scunthorpe, where he had come through the ranks.

In my spell at Scunthorpe, he was certainly in the top couple of performers and that was in League One.

Sutton penned an open letter on Twitter to thank the club after being denied the opportunity to say goodbye personally by lockdown.

“It was a strange way to end,” he said. “I obviously could do stuff over social media but it’s not the same.

“There are people at Scunthorpe that I’ve known all my football career and I’ve got close bonds at the club. Not being able to say bye face-to-face wasn’t the way I wanted to do it.

“But everything stopped suddenly. We had prepared for the Colchester game that weekend and then on the Friday, they were saying that nobody would be travelling.

“The next minute we weren’t even allowed to train.

“I was sent a programme with what to do at first but it’s draining after a while because you’re thinking, ‘why am I doing it if we haven’t been given a time to go back?’ “At the start it was a case of not knowing how long we’d be out, the season might start again and we could end up playing the last 10 games.

“So, we were all on top of it keeping ourselves fit but then we were told that the season has gone. I’ve done a lot of running to pass the time and stop the boredom.”

Sutton is optimistic of City’s chances when the new campaign does begin. But he also knows from Scunthorpe’s experience last season that League Two is no respecter of reputations.

“Scunthorpe went into League Two thinking we were possibly one of the favourites to go back up,” he added. “But it doesn’t ever pan out like that.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Kenny Black and Stuart McCall watch on at Valley Parade when they were in charge of ScunthorpeKenny Black and Stuart McCall watch on at Valley Parade when they were in charge of Scunthorpe

“A lot of hard work goes into the season and if you start thinking you’re going up straight away, then it never turns out.

“When you go to these big stadiums like Bradford, I know as a player that subconsciously you up your game by 10 per cent because there are more fans and the size of the place.

“I think Bolton will find that as well.”