Rory McArdle has been ever present in ‘The Bantams’ line up since joining from Aberdeen in 2012. The dependable defender is a firm favourite with the fans due to all round ability and loyalty he has shown to the club. A player of his ability must have had the chance to move up to a higher league but he firmly believes in the potential of Bradford City under Phil Parkinson. Although his main responsibility is to stop the goals going in at his end of the field, he often initiates attacks with pinpoint passing and keen eye for a goal.
One to Watch
Billy Clarke was Bradford’s top scorer last season with 14 strikes. He was imperative in his team’s runs in both cup competitions; he played a sensational game against Chelsea in the third round of the FA cup while also contributing heavily against Dartford and Sunderland. He started his career with Blackpool as an attacking midfield, but after spells at Crawley Town and Sheffield United he crept forward onto the frontline. Despite becoming an out and out striker he has kept the dribbling and passing ability that made him a midfielder while in Lancashire.
Phil Parkinson has an array of golacoring talent, Billy Clarke, James Hanson, Billy Knott, amongst others will look to make it into double figures and fire Bradford to the summit. Northern Irish international Rory McArdle is accustomed to dealing with League One strikers and Stephen Darby is bound to be consistent should they keep hold of him. The midfield looks pretty thin at first viewing but if Portuguese midfielder Filipe Morais get his act together he can overrun any team with his tireless work rate. New signing Josh Morris will also add energy after an impressive season on loan at Fleetwood Town where he netted 8 times.
Prediction – 3rd