By Jason McKeown
Width of a Post understands that James Hanson is to remain a Bradford City player, despite strong interest from Millwall.
The transfer saga has hotted up over recent days, with the local press in London claiming that a fee had been agreed and that the player himself was keen to join the Lions. However, Phil Parkinson – who has just returned from holiday – sees Hanson as a big part of his plans for next season, and we understand that he is unwilling to let the striker leave.
Hanson’s story from shelf-stacker in the local Co-op to Wembley hero is well documented but yet still so compelling. There are few Bradfordonians who have enjoyed such an amazing sporting rise, and his strong local roots should make him an inspiration to generations of younger supporters and footballers. Here was a man who was seemingly destined not to make it. Rejected by both Huddersfield Town and City, and reduced to playing part-time football, Hanson never gave up, and eventually proved his worth.
Everything that James Hanson has achieved, he has had to work so hard for it. He was not schooled through a centre of excellence. He kept going with football when many peers of his age would have given up on it as a career. And he was rewarded for doing so. His achievements at City are colossal given his humble origins. And though there will always be supporters who dismiss his ability, James Hanson is loved by the majority of City fans.
And it seems as though we will continue to love him next season.