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Transfer work on-going

5 June 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson believes it isn't a problem if he has to bide his time to bring the right sort of players into the football club as he continues his preparations for City's first season back in League 1.

Following promotion up via the Play-Offs last month, City have, probably understandably, been linked with a number of different players as the days and weeks have gone by.

Parkinson though, fully aware of the transfer talk that can be banded around at this time of year, says nothing concrete is in place as of yet and that he may have to play the long game if he wishes to make the best signings possible.

The City chief said: "At this stage of things we're making some enquiries and looking at different players. There is nothing secured yet, however, as we are still quite early into the summer period.

"There are obviously going to be lots of names linked with us at this time of year. 

"The key for us is that we utilise the budget available to us in the best possible way though.

"Sometimes that means being patient when it comes to bringing players into the club. If we have to wait until the right players are available to us, then that's what we're going to do.

"We are looking to add to our group in one or two certain areas but I am happy with the core of the squad we have going into the summer break.

"We have to make sure we maintain the strong spirit that was around the camp last season while also adding in a bit extra quality to make us as competitive as possible.

"We will be going into a league next season with a lot of big clubs and a lot of good players in it, so we have to make sure we have a squad in place come August that is capable of holding its own."

As well as targeting players to bring into the Coral Windows Stadium, Parkinson will continue to speak to the group of players within his squad whose contracts expire in the summer. 

After confirming the departures Adam Baker, Dean Overson and Steve Williams last week, Parkinson will look to speak with the rest of his out-of-contract players in the next week or two.

Parkinson added: "After the end of the season and all the promotion celebrations, a lot of the players went on holiday almost straight away.

"It is now just a case of getting round to the players to chat to them individually as soon as possible.

"I'll be going around the lads to discuss the future, including next season, and whether they're going to be with us or not."

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