Bradford City have today confirmed the signing of Barnsley striker Chris Dagnall on loan until the end of the season – after unsuccessfully trying to sign the 26-year-old in January.
At that time Dagnall – then at Scunthorpe – understandably elected to move to the Championship and play again for a manager, Keith Hill, who had a big influence on his career. But despite featuring nine times in the last 11 Tykes’ games he has failed to score a goal. Should the move to City work well, one assumes the move could be made permanent during the summer.
Dagnall first came to City fans’ attention for his performances and goals against us when playing Rochdale under Hill, who he joined from Tranmere in 2006. Two years ago Dagnall swapped Dale for Championship Scunthorpe. To date he has scored an impressive 80 goals from 297 career appearances – roughly one in three.
“We’ve always felt that if the right player came along who was available to us then we’d try and make it happen. Chris certainly fits into that category because we know he will improve the squad.”
Meanwhile, Ross Hannah has joined FC Halifax on loan until the end of the season – just a week after Parkinson was quoted in the press as saying the club had turned down numerous loan offers for the young striker and that “we’re looking for a strong finish to this season now and I’m sure he [Hannah] will contribute goals”.
Ross signed a one-year extension with the club last week too, and Parkinson has been quick to make it clear he remains in his plans for next term. However, a move away while another striker comes in with a view to impress can be seen as a blow for the 25-year-old.
Having signed from Matlock Town by Peter Jackson last season, Hannah has struggled to get first team opportunities and was especially unlucky to be struck down by injury last December – just when he was enjoying a run in the side. He has netted three goals to date (two from the bench) and will look back on this season as one that has not gone to plan.
A chance to play week in week out at Halifax offers the opportunity to impress, but one wonders what exactly he will prove to Parkinson by doing so, and whether he should have been kept at Valley Parade and given a go if relegation worries are ended with games to spare? Hannah may score lots of goals at Halifax – just as he was doing at Matlock – but that doesn’t prove he can play at this level. Ross surely deserves a chance to demonstrate whether he can before this season ends.
Hannah made the jump up three divisions in moving to Valley Parade during the summer, now he has dropped down two.