McCall swoops for Whaley leaving Rochdale to repent

The Bantams have signed Norwich’s former Preston and Bury midfielder Simon Whaley on a month’s loan taking the player out of the first team at Rochdale where he had spent the last two months.

Whaley comes to Valley Parade as a player in form – a stark contrast to other loan signings such as Chris O’Grady and Paul Mullin – and comes into the squad for the game with Accrington Stanley tomorrow. Whaley – a Boltonian – has struggled to settle in East Anglia after his move in the summer and has been loaned to Spotland and now City.

Rochdale will no doubt have a thing or two to say about Whaley not being able to agree a deal in the North West and then following Simon Ramsden to Valley Parade and will miss the player who scored two in eight and impressed in the now litmus test that is the two minute highlights on the BBC but the second place side’s loss could be very much City’ gain and in Whaley the Bantams have signed a player who arguably should still be in the Preston North End squad but – having been frozen out by manager Alan Irvine – dropped a division to Norwich and then ended up down another league.

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