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Brandon gets McCall backing
04 Aug 2009 - 14:22:14
Bradford City midfielder Chris Brandon has been thrown a career lifeline by Bantams manager Stuart McCall, after a nightmare 12 months.
Brandon was blighted by injuries throughout the past year, being limited to just four first-team starts last term.
And with the League Two side looking to cut costs, Brandon was thought to be a potential departure due to being one of the top earners at Valley Parade.
But McCall has said the 33-year-old remains very much part of his plans as the Bantams prepare an assault on promotion from League Two.
The attacking player could not hide his delight at McCall's backing after a meeting last week.
He told the Telegraph & Argus: "It's been a strange time for me not knowing what was going on. I was in the dark as much as anybody which is why I've not come out and said anything before.
"I didn't want to go in the first place, but obviously we'd been told by the gaffer that there would have to be cutbacks and I fell into that category.
"I came back for pre-season with the mindset that I would train as hard as I can and just wait to see what happened. And even though it was up in the air, I was always treated well by everyone.
"I had a good chat with the gaffer and I think him and Jakes (assistant manager Wayne Jacobs) are pleased with me since I've come back in."
Meanwhile, McCall has handed a three-month contract to Irish youngster James O'Brien.