Date: 6th May 2014 at 8:47am
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I would think that even Aaron Mclean himself would admit that it has taken him a bit of time to settle at Bradford, with him not making the impact it would have been hoped he would.

Phil Parkinson though is backing him to make his mark next season.

Mclean, signed from Hull City in January ended the season in good goalscoring form though as he scored in this final two league one games, including the winner against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday that relegated them.

The Bradford boss is quoted in the Telegraph & Argus as saying: ‘Goals give you confidence and you could see that in his game.

‘The way he put that in the back of the net – the moment it left his foot, you hardly saw the ball travel. Next thing you knew it was nestling in the corner but that’s what we know he is capable of.’

At times it might have seemed like the boss was ‘making excuses’ for Mclean but what he has highlighted is that he hadn’t really been playing first-team football for a while, and this does make a difference as the body ‘de-conditions’.

With the benefit of a pre-season under his belt, and having ended the season on a high will stand him in good stead for next season.

He added: ‘When I speak about Aaron, it’s not making excuses for him, but when he came in, he hadn’t played regular football for ages. Your body deconditions. He’s not an unfit lad but the demands of playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday are tough when you haven’t done it for a long time.

‘He’s had some very good games for us, like Colchester away and Port Vale at home, and been terrific. But then he’s also had a couple of really poor ones where he just hasn’t had the energy – and that’s what his game is about.

‘The benefit of these games he will take into next season with him.

‘Equally he knows that conditioning-wise we’ve got to really work with him. We’ve got plenty of time now before next season starts on August 9.’

A player that isn’t ‘scared of missing’ chances is what being a striker is all about and he’s been around the game long enough to bounce back positively and have the impact that he was brought to Valley Parade to have.

Mclean had big boots to fill, seen as he was replacing Nahki Wells, but Parkinson is sure he will do this but do you agree?

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