Date: 1st September 2009 at 5:26pm
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The deal that had been rumoured for some time has taken place as Joe Colbeck leaves Bradford City to rejoin Dave Penney at Oldham Athletic for an undisclosed fee. I only hope that it was a decent size.

The 22 year old Colbeck, player of the year in Stuart McCall’s first season in charge, has been much maligned at Valley Parade and it had got to the point where his career was suffering because of the outrageous treatment he was given at the hands of his supposed supporters.

In Stuart’s first season he sent Joe on loan to Penney at Darlington and when he came back, following a few weeks of being encouraged and of turning games around, he went on to become player of the season. But it didn’t last. Quickly those who had changed their opinion for good found his ability questionable at the start of last year and when he returned from injury the knives were out when he instantly did not return to form.

What followed – the collapse in the club’s form leading to no playoffs and the summer time failure to sign Nicky Law or Dean Furman saw Joe holding out for a contract the club would not offer and him ending up on a week to week deal.

The writing was clearly on the wall for Joe with the arrival of Scott Neilson and although he had played in the last two games, making team of the week after the win over Cheltenham, the time had come for Dave Penney to sign another of our players.

I believe Joe has a lot of potential and he is going to realise that, moving up a division. However, the circumstances of his move suggest few of my fellow Bantams or the backroom staff hold that same hope. I wish him a great deal of success at Oldham and I am sure he will enjoy playing in a team under Penney. He did at Darlington and we were all the better for that.

Although I am sure plenty of others will be delighted, a response I can’t get my head round given Joe’s age and obvious potential. For me, it’s a sad day. Good luck Joe. All the best.