By Gareth Walker
Filipe Morais today became Bradford City’s ninth signing of the transfer window.
The Portuguese winger has signed a short-term deal, the full length of which has not yet been revealed, following him leaving Stevenage at the end of last season.
Initially brought to England by Jose Mourinho in 2003, he went into the Chelsea Youth system. But after being unable to make the break through at Stamford Bridge went out on loan to MK Dons, before signing permanently with Millwall for the 2006/07 season.
Spells in Scotland followed; firstly with St Johnstone on loan, and then with Hibernian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He then rejoined St Johnstone on a permanent basis.
Morais made the return to England in 2010 and has spent two seasons each at both Oldham and Stevanage, making over 50 appearances for both sides.
The signing of a much-needed winger will be a tonic for Phil Parkinson, but the nature of the undisclosed short term deal will do little to ease the concerns of supporters, whose fears about the lack of squad depth and budget issues at the club were already heightened earlier this week following the signings of three players on non-contract terms.
Whether the current nature of these signings is down to Parkinson having overspent, or the board not releasing the expected funds at this stage, remains unclear.
However, it is to be hoped that the release of cash the that Parkinson mentioned in his Radio Leeds season preview last night comes to fruition sooner rather than later, so that we can sign some of these players on longer term deals or so that the previously promised capture of some “stellar” loan targets can come to fruition.