TOUGH summer decisions may have been the order of the day for Bradford City – but early autumn has brought a warm glow.
That is the message from manager Phil Parkinson, with what promised to be a transitional start to the season bedding in a plethora of new signings so far proving the opposite, with the fifth-placed Bantams among the movers and the shakers towards the top of League One.
Bradford’s relatively seamless opening month in League One is all the more laudable given that their squad resources are not exactly plentiful in comparison to several rivals and that Parkinson has largely employed a new diamond system formation.
For Parkinson, it is a case of ‘long may it continue’, with the Bantams chief thrilled by how his new-look City have settled this season – on and off the pitch.
Parkinson, also delighted that the summer window has closed with James Hanson still a Bantams player, said: “It was a difficult summer as we had to make cuts in the budget. Some players left because we could not afford to keep them; others left because it was time for them to move on.
“But the lads we have brought in have fitted into the squad and dressing room really well and that is important. We have got some good value in the building so far.
“Physically, we also look in good shape and the new lads look really good athletically and the Rochdale game was a good indicator of that.
“We had played on the Wednesday night, which was a tough game mentally and physically.
“And then we went to a team who play with really high-energy and did not just match them, but out-ran and out-worked them in the second half.
“It does not matter what system we play. We are about team and work ethic here as without that, individuals do not get chance to shine without that.”