Dons game off, Fry signs up, Brown rumours false

Bradford City’s trip to AFC Wimbledon was called off at lunchtime today following a pitch inspection. The playing surface was frozen in places, while more cold weather is expected overnight which wouldn’t have helped the situation.

A second successive postponement is unwelcome given the pile up of midweek fixtures which is building as a result – an issue added to by City’s trip to Barnet at the start of January being rearranged for the end of this month because of the Bantams’ FA Cup commitments. With the Wimbledon fixture still to fit in; starting on Tuesday, the Bantams face 14 games over the next eight weeks.

Temperatures are forecast to begin rising after Saturday, which means City’s Tuesday night home game with Port Vale should go ahead as planned.

Earlier in the day, the Bantams confirmed the signing of defender Matt Fry until the end of the season. The 21-year-old was released by West Ham in January after failing to make a single appearance for the Hammers. Fry has however had two loan spells at Charlton working with Phil Parkinson, in addition to playing nine times for Gillingham. Fry has been training with City for the last few weeks, and has been awarded Luke O’Brien’s number 3 shirt. He can play left back or central defence.

Speaking to the club’s website, Parkinson said of Fry:

“I’ve said in the press many times before that it looks like we are going to have backlog of fixtures coming up…and I want to make sure we are covered in all positions for those games.”

Elsewhere, rumours have circulated today that young midfielder Scott Brown has been told by Parkinson to find another club. Although Brown himself has quickly denied this – stating on Twitter: “These rumours ive heard are absolute rubbish not true at all. Wonder who makes these up … ” – it hasn’t stopped another round of criticism for the Development Squad initiative, which increasingly looks to have been completely abandoned.

As someone who saw Brown in action in a pre-season friendly at Silsden and in a Development Squad match at Steeton – both last August – I can only re-iterate my excitement about his potential. Brown has received a lot of hype, but has great ability on the ball and can pick a pass out. Watch him and you wouldn’t know he was so young.

Brown was 45 minutes away from making his a debut, against Wimbledon, earlier this season. Parkinson now has a lot of central midfield options to choose from, but I strongly believe that Brown is worth sticking with and will hopefully push for a first team place next season.

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  1. As a devoted supporter of bradford cty and a,season tkt holder, may I share with you bantams my issues and worries.

    It seems we have a till end of season player purchase direction???? At the club since parky has arrived.

    Not to mention those players who will be out of contract at end of season.

    I would have thought that parky would have tried to get certain players under contract for next year so he can build his promotion chasing squad????.

    It’s not impossible that these players will stay next year and give 100% to try and get this club at least in the play off mix.

    I’m very cautious because these players having put there selves in the shop window may get better offers and a better financial package than what bradford may be able to offer.

    So as a club we may have another situation where new players will be brought in and were told to give this team time to gel!!!!.

    Again starting a season with a disadvantage.

    I sincerly hope parky has used the time he has had this season not really under much pressure from us the supporters to put a very solid faundation for the start of next season as regards the squad of players he wants???.

    Although the club will not know the player budgett for next season until season tkts are sold and we has fans do not know what prices the season tkts will be on sale for again it looks from the outside we are up in the air again and no better than what we have seen season after season

    Again I really think parky has got performances from the currant squad up a few gears and look a far better side than what we were at the start of the season

    Wouldn’t it be a shame of all the hardworking gone into parkys methods needs to be bred into a new set of players for next season????

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