McLaughlin to stay at Bradford

03 June 2009 10:03
Bradford reserve keeper Jon McLaughlin is staying at Valley Parade after accepting a new one-year deal.The 21-year-old only made his first-team debut at Chesterfield on the final day of the season. [LNB]Although first-choice keeper Rhys Evans has since left the club, McLaughlin told the Telegraph & Argus he is not guaranteed more first-team action. [LNB]"I'm wanting to see how I can go further this season and looking to get involved as much as I can," he said. [LNB]Manager Stuart McCall has had to slash his wage budget and could use the loan market to get a more experienced goalkeeper in. [LNB]McLaughlin said: "With the position we're going to be in this season, it makes a lot of sense if we can get someone from a higher division on loan.[LNB] I feel like I'm in a place to start a full career out of this now Jon McLaughlin "It keeps the costs down and we can get someone with experience. But, having made my debut now, I know I can compete at that level at least." [LNB]Whether he has another long wait in front of him before tasting league action again, the former Harrogate Town player is just happy to have decided his short-term future. [LNB]"Last year, it was just great at that time to be getting a professional contract and moving from non-league to life as a first year professional," he said. [LNB]"It's been a good year too. I've taken my time getting into it, the full-time training and all that, but now it's great to be offered this new contract. [LNB]"I feel like I'm in a place to start a full career out of this now; it just wasn't a one-year thing."

Source: BBC_Sport