Issue Brandon leaves Bradford City

As told by Michael Wood

Chris Brandon has left Bradford City bringing to an end a disappointing two years for the Tong born City fan in which injuries hampered his chances of making an impression at the club.

Signed by Stuart McCall two summers ago Brandon was the first of many expensive new arrivals but – more than any other – he failed to fulfil his promise with injury and an attitude which seemed uncharacteristic of a player pulling on the shirt of his home City club.

While many of the players signed in the summer exited or took pay reductions last summer Brandon did not. He was at loggerheads with management about his best position – it would appear that if Stuart McCall and Mark Lawn were united on one thing it was the relative merits of Brandon – which he believed to be central midfield.

Brandon is believed to have been a single game away from triggering the offer of a new contract – a deal negotiated by Mark Lawn without the knowledge of the manager it is said – and so exits to avoid that.