Bradford City have released ten players as they face up to a second season in League Two, as reported by their official site.
The season started with such optimism, Gary Bowyer’s apparent pedigree combined with a number of transfers meaning they looked like promotion contenders. Unfortunately, Bowyer’s spell wasn’t a success and by the time Stuart McCall came back, again, the Bantams were on the fringes of the top seven.
As the current pandemic continues to bite into football’s finances, the club have let ten of their players go, with one notable name on the list that has caused a few fans to comment. Kelvin Mellor, Jake Reeves, Shay McCartan, Jordan Gibson, Jermaine Anderson, Hope Akpan, Adam Henley, Daniel Devine, Joe Riley and George Sykes-Kenworthy will all leave Valley Parade, whilst only Richard O’Donnell is in talks to stay. One-year extensions in the contracts of Clayton Donaldson and Zeli Ismail have both been activated and they’ll also remain at the club.
It’s the departure of McCartan that a couple of fans have questioned; the Irishman signed for the Bantams for an undisclosed six-figure fee from Accrington Stanley. After a tough first season, he joined Lincoln City on loan where he scored the goal that clinched them the League Two title. He returned to the Bantams, where he bagged four goals in 22 outings, including a brace in a 3-1 win against Stevenage in McCall’s first win as boss.
The 26-year-old is now on the lookout for a new club, but these Bradford fans believe that he might have been worth a new deal.
Gutted about @shaymccartan. Not bothered about the rest
— cнrιѕ (@Suttynotsweep) May 26, 2020
Gutted about McCarten
— MGH (@groves_y) May 26, 2020
I reckon we will regret getting rid of McCartan and Gibson #bcafc
— BCAFC ARMY (@BradfordCityFC2) May 26, 2020
Shit the way it ended pal you’ll no doubt go a long way probs go bag 20 for someone next year just never got a run in for us…
— Jacob (@SlatorJacob) May 26, 2020
Good luck Shay , a very likeable player who’s always given everything unfortunately a lot went against you with the structure of the club and not playing to your strengths
— John (@John98789413) May 26, 2020
Thanks for being a real gent Shay. Most think of this as a mistake – hope you go on from here and have a long and productive career ?
— Omar Eliwi (@omareliwi) May 26, 2020
Sad to hear your leaving, absolutely unplayable on your day, all the best for the future mate
— Ozkar x (@ozzykmo01) May 26, 2020
Gutted to lose you shay, things were starting to turn for the better until the season stopped, unplayable on your day. Good luck for the future.
— Stefan (@M473O) May 26, 2020