Date: 5th June 2008 at 12:15am
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The Ginger Messiah is making Huddersfield’s top scorer sweat over whether or not he’ll be wearing Claret and Amber next season.

Stuart McCall is currently on holiday meaning that many of the supposed big name signings that Bantams fans are anticipating have yet to materialise but in the absence of any movement, Luke Beckett has broken the silence.

Speaking to the Telegraph and Argus he said ‘I’m just sitting and waiting to hear back from Bradford.

I had a good chat with Stuart before I went on holiday a couple of weeks ago and now it’s up to him.

We spoke for about an hour talking football and I think it went quite well.

‘We’ll have to see what happens but there is no rush. We’ve talked things through but it’s that quiet period at the moment when people are on holiday.’

So, that’s hardly incredibly informative. We spoke, it was good, then he went on holiday and we’ll see what happens.

However, his comments flag up something that had concerned me about Beckett playing a very similar game to Peter Thorne with whom he shares similarly impressive goal scoring credentials (145 league goals from 308 starts). Stuart has been mulling over whether it makes sense to bring in Beckett given this similarity and given that we would need to pay Huddersfield for him.

But, rather unsurprisingly, Beckett doesn’t think it’s a problem saying ‘the higher up the levels you go, maybe you’ve got to have something a bit different, but if you’ve got players that can do the business and score goals then you can work round it.

Stuart was a bit worried about me being a bit similar to what he’s already got. I think he wanted to try and get a different type of striker in as well.

That’s why he had to go away and talk to the chairmen to see what they could do regards funding for possibly bringing in two.

I know he wants one or two wingers in to play with two target men. You need them putting the crosses in.

The lad from Morecambe [Garry Thompson] was one target but I’m sure Stuart has a few things in the pipeline with other players. All managers have got so many ideas at this time of the year.’

One idea that has become a reality is the return of Chris Brandon who can play pretty much anywhere in attack and Beckett believes it to be a statement of intent saying ‘Chris is a really good signing for them. He can play up front, out wide and in an attacking midfield role.

I know he wanted to go to Bradford being a local lad and, although he’s 32, he is a very fit player.

Bringing him in shows the club really intend going places.’

Luke Beckett sounds like he wants to join the club and is excited at that prospectbut he also sounds like a man trying to justify his arrival at Valley Parade and maybe a man terrified of what next season holds, particularly given the arrival of Keigan Parker at the Galpharm Stadium. He concluded ‘I’ve been in and out of the team for two years and asked before Stan Ternent came in about trying to get away.

He sorted that out pretty quickly with Bradford. The way he was talking I thought it was more of a done deal.

But Huddersfield have brought in Keigan Parker from Blackpool so, if I did stay, I would be something like sixth-choice striker which is no good.

So it’s a case of get something sorted and the club are willing to let me go.’

Any interested parties should apply, in writing, to Stan Ternant, Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield…


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