By Jason McKeown
Sky Sports has this evening announced that Stephen Darby has joined Bradford City from Liverpool. A 23-year-old right back, Darby was released at Anfield this summer after making just one appearance for the Reds, in the Carling Cup, back in 2008. He has had loan spells at Swindon Town, Notts County and last season at Rochdale. To date he has made 85 senior appearances.
Like fellow signings Will Atkinson and James Meredith, Darby’s arrival shows that Phil Parkinson is not simply looking to sign experienced players as he tries to plot a promotion push; and the adding of these jigsaw pieces presents a far more encouraging picture about the future of the club. At one stage in the summer it seemed all new signings were geared for delivering success next season and, if they failed, we would have to start again. It’s to be hoped that Parkinson can help develop Darby, Atkinson and Meredith into important Bradford City players for years to come.
A healthy mixture of experience and youthful promise, which will hopefully gel well on the pitch.
(Interestingly, four of the seven summer signings to date have played for Rochale.)