Blue Square Bet
Published 9th June 2012
.....hierarchy are not about to dismantle last term’s squad.
Manager John Deacey informed the board of his intended targets before heading off on a short break.
The club are currently holding negotiations with two players who were with Conference North outfits last season but are now free agents.
Bradford ’s chief executive Bob Blackburn said: “John has some irons in the fire and we have been talking with a few players. “But there won’t be any signings just yet because we are waiting for John to get back before we have a get-together.
“He is due back any day now. He has been away playing in a veterans’ world cup tournament which is an annual thing for John.
“We are going to sit down soon and I mean all of us – myself, our chairman, the finance director, John and his assistant Mark Hume.
“We haven’t finalised the playing budget yet but we will do everything we can to provide John with the funds he needs.
“It is the same with the ground improvements. You have to dig deep if you want your team to do well.”
The club’s owner insists there will be no major overhaul of the playing squad. Blackburn feels that is not needed after the promotion success of last term.
He said: “It looks like a good side that just needs a few additions.
“It’s obvious that we need a bigger squad now and the extra players have to have quality and hopefully experience of the higher league.
“Last season’s squad will be given their chance.
“After all, they are the lads who got us here. I don’t see any of them struggling in the Conference North personally.
“We play football and, when you go up a division, you usually find that the opposition likes to play the game and the surfaces are better.
“If you look at the sides that have gone up recently, like Guiseley, Boston United, FC Halifax Town and Colwyn Bay, they have done well once they have earned that promotion.
“We know it will be tough and we know it is a massive step for the club but we are looking forward to it.”