BRADFORD CITY: Wethers targets promotion

David Wetherall is sure that Bradford City can move out of League Two, insisting: "we're determined to play at the next level."

Wetherall was speaking as he left another day on the coaching field in his new position as first-team coach.

The former centre-back believes that all the players who have joined Bradford over the close season can help to push the Bantams on to a return to League One football.

Said Wetherall: "All the players we have signed are capable of playing at the level above, then when we get to the level above we want to be signing players from the level above that.

"It's all about building the club up and making sure we are developing properly both on and off the pitch.

"We have already brought a few blokes in, but we are still looking.

"It would be nice to have everything sorted so we can have a full first-team squad training together at the start of pre-season, but that is just not going to happen.

"If you look around I would guess that every club in England is still looking for new players, the recruitment isn't going to be settled by the start of July, so we have to be patient.

"The gaffer is still looking at bringing some more people in, but we are not rushing anything. What's the point of bringing in a player who isn't right for the club?

"We only want people who can help us to move forward, we won't be diving in and making rash decisions.

"Pre-season is a tough time for the players, but all the new boys have settled in well.

"The game may change but the fact that you have to work harder in pre-season than at any other stage is not going to change.

"Everyone just gets on with it and we know we will be fit and ready to go come the start of the new season."

Bradford will feel the pressure of expectation throughout the campaign with them being favourites to scoop the League Two title.

But Wetherall insists that won't affect the way City play.

He said: "The pressure doesn't come from outside, it comes from the goals we set ourselves.

"The thing is that bookies just look at the team with the biggest crowds and think that they must be favourites.

"But they don't look deeper inside the football club. They don't look at the outgoings that a club has to pay before they can even think about bringing new players in.

"We are happy with where we are and I believe that we can push for success and that there are enjoyable times ahead for everyone associated with Bradford City Football Club."

After an illustrious playing career, spanning 17 years, Wetherall decided it was time for a change and he is relishing every minute of his new role.

He added: "I am really enjoying it at the moment. who knows what will happen in the future, but I'm very happy now and this is something I'm sure I will enjoy for years to come.

"I feel I've made the right decision at the right time."I did pretty well last year, I played in a majority of the games and felt I did a good job.

"But a bit of frustration was creeping in because I wasn't able to do things as I used to.

"That was the main reason for me going into coaching, I didn't want to push it for another couple of years and become a bit-part player.

"Even though I'm not supposed to be playing anymore I've joined in a few drills to even up the numbers.

"I spoke to Stuart (manager Stuart McCall) at the end of last season and he offered me this position which was fantastic because it gave me the chance to get straight into coaching.

"As soon as he offered me the job it was a no-brainer, a straightforward decision."

However Wetherall, who played 489 games for Leeds United and Bradford, conceded he was not sure if a coaching job was for him in the early days.

He said: "When I started I wasn't sure that coaching was something I wanted to take up when I'd finished playing.

"But as time has gone on I have enjoyed taking on coaching roles more and more then, towards the end of my career, I knew what I wanted to do when I finished playing.

"I started taking the badges about seven years ago and will finish another in the summer so, obviously, it's something that I've been thinking about for quite a while now."

Being part of the backroom staff means Wetherall is able to watch the shape and condition of the players returning after the summer break.

He believes the days of players coming back a stone overweight are long gone and added: "The game is changing and the players are having to adapt their lifestyles to suit that.

"Each player works alongside the coaching staff and everyone has a programme to stick to that ensures they stay in shape even though they are not at training every day."


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