By Gareth Walker
Nahki Wells appears to be on the verge of joining bitter rivals Huddersfield Town as he undergoes a medical and discusses personal terms with them this afternoon.
Of all the clubs linked with Nahki over the last few weeks, this is probably the only one that I personally didn’t want him to sign for. Although in a higher division at the moment, it is hard to argue that we aren’t a bigger club than Town, and this was reflected in tweets from supporters of various teams across the country as the news broke this afternoon. Many expressed surprise at the Bermudian’s choice of destination.
City hero Jamie Lawrence went further as he criticised the decision to sign for a rival club whilst also revealing that he once had the opportunity to sign for the Terriers for more money, but rejected the chance out of loyalty to the Bantams faithful.
Although initially a kick in the teeth for us supporters, Phil Parkinson may now be happy that the saga appears to be drawing to a close so that he can focus on making some additions to his squad, after revealing in a radio interview yesterday that he didn’t feel that Wells’ head had been right for the last few weeks.
Whilst City’s prize asset looks to be heading out of the club, one man joining us is 18-year-old Aston Villa winger Jordan Graham. Graham is a highly-rated prospect at Villa Park and has represented England at a variety of youth levels. However, his only previous first team action came during a previous short loan spell at Ipswich Town, where he played just twice. Parkinson has clearly identified Graham as the source of attacking quality that he admitted to be seeking after the draw with Swindon Town a couple of weeks ago.
Whilst Graham will provide more competition and another source of attack from the City midfield, it remains to be seen what kind of a replacement the club will bring in for Wells. It is to be hoped that whoever comes in is up to the job, because some supporters might be slightly less forgiving if the current poor run continues if our star player is sold to a team that we love to hate.
Nahki Wells scored 53 goals in 115 games for Bradford City.
City have also signed a new back up goalkeeper this afternoon.
24-year-old Arron Jameson joins on loan for one month from Sheffield Wednesday as a replacement for Connor Ripley, who’s own loan spell with us ended last week. Like Jordan Graham, Jameson only has two league appearances to his name, but he appears to have been chosen ahead of Harrogate prospect Craig MacGillvray to be Jon Mclaughlin’s back up for the next month at least.