Date: 3rd July 2009 at 8:46am
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Stuart McCall’s men returned to training this week with a majority of familiar faces, the new signings and a number of fresh faces.

This is the time of year when the doors at VP are rotating at their fastest as players come to impress, and then leave having not.

The three under the spotlight are all under 30 and sit well within the squad Stuart is crafting. Assuming that they impress.

First up is the former Carlisle utility player Grant Smith. The 29 year old can play down the left or in the heart of defence. There have been questions over who will fill the left wing in Omar’s absence or cover for Luke O’Brien at the back. This Scotsman might be able to do both. Following in the footsteps of Paul Arnison he’ll hope not to suffer from the same, peculiar selection policies that never favoured the most consistent Bantam right back of last year.

21 year old Jordan Hadfield could be this season’s great hope in the centre of Hadfield. At his tender age he has already made 73 appearances both whilst with his parent club of Macclesfield Town, but also in loan spells with MK Dons and Altrincham. Were he to join us his age and his four years at the Moss Rose may see compensation going across the Pennines.

The third is a player about whom the Internet knows very little. Centre half Steve Williams has been plying his trade at non-league Fleetwood and Bamber Bridge.

The only absentees were Peter Thorne, returning on Monday and Paul Mclaren who was unwell. The area of work I do sees quite high levels of sickness, at the moment not all of that is authentic, but is taken to make a point. Is Macca finalising a move elsewhere? Is he stressed out with a summer of being hawked by his club? Is he playing games? Or maybe he’s just got a cold (Swine Flu)? Conspiracy theorists eat your hearts out!