Gary Bowyer has revealed he is hopeful of keeping out-of-contract pair Luca Colville and Jermaine Anderson at Valley Parade as they face life in the basement division once again.
The Telegraph and Argus report that the former Blackpool manager is confident new deals will go through for the players without any hitches as they look to bounce back after a disappointing eighteen months.
It wasn’t so long ago that the Bantams looked destined for the Championship, challenging at the top of League One under Stuart McCall. A year-and-a-half of struggle saw them sack the manager and fail to find an adequate replacement in the long term.
Despised chairman Edin Rahic is the man many blame for the demise, but Bowyer is hoping to put the dark days behind him, with the help of the two players.
Speaking of the potential deals, Bowyer said: “From our point of view, they are still ongoing. I don’t see there being any problem with either of them.
“But until it’s done we’ve got to keep talking with them.”
Former Peterborough midfielder Anderson began last season with Doncaster Rovers, but has struggled with injury and is looking to get his career back on track whilst Colville is a former Huddersfield Town trainee who impressed during a pre-season trial last summer.
Bradford should be a big hitter in League Two, but it’s a tough division next season with a lot of big teams hoping to make an impression.
Bowyer knows the level though and with his side being one of the bigger clubs, he should be able to add enough talent to his existing squad.
However, in order to be a success, he must ensure those players already at the club remain there to start building team spirit, rather than a whole new start.