Bradford v Coventry: Parkinson unhappy with Bantams squad

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson. Picture: James Hardisty.
Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson. Picture: James Hardisty.
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PHIL PARKINSON admits the balance in his Bradford City squad is not quite right yet.

The Bantams lost a host of players earlier in the summer and budget constraints have hampered any subsequent recruitments.

In an attempt to bolster numbers, Parkinson has been busy this week with Christopher Routis and Filipe Morais yesterday taking the tally of arrivals to five.

Parkinson admits the situation is far from ideal, even if the City manager is happy with the core of his squad.

He said: “Injuries can cause problems. We need a squad. If you look at the personnel we had over the past couple of seasons, we had more cover.

“I am pleased with the core of the squad but the balance isn’t quite right. We will try to rectify that.”

City did, at least, bolster their numbers yesterday when Routis and Morais signed short-term deals.

Routis, a Swiss defender, has been on trial at Valley Parade for the past few weeks and has signed a 12-month contract. Morais, meanwhile, is a 28-year-old Portuguese winger who was released by Stevenage at the end of last season.

Among the arrivals earlier in the week were two goalkeepers on non-contract terms, Ben Williams and Matt Urwin having both been signed because first choice goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will be unavailable for Tuesday’s Carling One Cup tie at Morecambe under the terms of his loan switch from Sunderland.

Aaron Mclean, last season’s marquee signing, is hoping to be available today after missing a chunk of pre-season with a calf injury.

Parkinson added: “Aaron has had a week’s training and there has been no reaction, which is encouraging.”