Date: 2nd December 2015 at 8:16am
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James Meredith may be seeing his name linked with a move away from Bradford due to his performances, however Peterborough loanee Luke James hasn’t seen much Bantams involvement at all!

More on that to follow….

But first up Meredith has been speaking in the Telegraph & Argus about recent reports linking him with a step up to the Championship, and not necessarily with Bradford!

Reading, among others, have recently been linked with a move for him.

Not only had Meredith’s form brought him international recognition with Australia this season it’s seen some speculation the Royals are interested in ‘activating a release clause’ in his contract with Wolves and Championship leaders Brighton also linked with the left back.

His future with Bradford was secured at the end of last season but his new deal that runs until the summer of 2017, which he’s confirmed, does come with a release clause with him saying his international call up will bring added attention.

‘There is a clause in my contract but I don’t think about stuff like that. I just get my head down and work as hard as I can for the team. That’s how I’ve always been.

‘Getting picked for Australia, I guess inevitably (the speculation) is going to happen when you put yourself in those sort of positions.

‘You can be the exact same player with the exact same qualities but once you become an international, you might get looked at a bit differently.’

This isn’t something he’s focusing on though!

He added his only focus is putting in ‘as many good performances’ as he can for Bradford to help the Bantams go up but he does want to get to the very top, which is something he’s aimed for since his Non-League days.

‘But I’m only concentrating on working hard to put in as many good performances for Bradford as I can. I want to do the best I can to help us get promoted and then see where we’re at.

‘I’ll never take my foot off the gas. I’ve been down the bottom playing Conference North, so I won’t ease up until I’m right up the top. If you ease up, you’ll just get replaced.’

Back to James now!

The former Hartlepool youngster was brought to Valley Parade in the summer on a season-long loan but hasn’t started a league game since August, starting only just three-matches for Bradford so far in total with nine appearances coming from the bench.

He could get another start in the FA Cup this weekend but Phil Parkinson, also talking to the Telegraph & Argus, knows it’ll be frustrating for him not being involved as much as he would have hoped.

Parkinson has said James, and others, need to ‘stay positive’ and take their chances when they come.

‘He probably hasn’t had as much game time as he expected. But similar to Nathan Clarke when he’s not been playing, his attitude has been really good.

‘Jamo’s impacted games when he has come on as well, in particular against Aldershot when he got the penalty.

‘As I said to him, if he was a young 21-year-old on the bench every week at Bradford, it wouldn’t be too bad for his career progression. But the fact he’s had a lot of first-team football as a youngster and he’s been used to playing, it’s probably made him feel that his career has levelled out. But to be at a club like Bradford and be involved in the 18-man squad all the time is not the worst scenario.’

The boss couldn’t fault his ‘attitude’ and ‘work rate’ though with him telling him to be ‘ready when needed’ with it likely he’ll be called upon in the coming weeks, adding.

‘Jamo’s attitude and work rate in training has been absolutely brilliant and the lads love him. He’s an absolute pest in training who never gives defenders a chance to settle.

‘We’ve got a busy period coming up over Christmas and everyone’s going to be required. He’s just got to be ready when he’s needed.’


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