Issue Jason Price set to sign on loan

As told by Jason Mckeown

Carlisle United frontman Jason Price is reported to be signing for Bradford City on a month’s loan, as Peter Taylor finally manages to capture a frontman.

The 33-year-old Welshman, who only signed for Carlisle permanently this summer, is out of favour at Brunton Park and his switch to West Yorkshire has ironically been triggered by the refusal of another West Yorkshire striker to move to Valley Parade. Leeds’ American forward Mike Grella last month turned down a loan offer to City – which BfB understands was due to concerns that the long ball style he’d been told City play under Taylor would harm his game rather than aid it – and instead he has just signed for Carlisle for a month.

Price began his career at Swansea and has played for a wide range of clubs – including under Taylor at Hull City. From there he moved to Doncaster and then Millwall, with loan moves to Millwall, Oldham and, towards the end of last season, Carlisle, along the way. Oddly for a well-known lower league player (distinctive for his hair style), he has never once played against the Bantams.

The imminent arrival of Price would appear to signal the end of Luke Oliver’s time up front, particularly as James Hanson is returning from injury. That may have interesting connotations at the back, where City have been slowly getting it right in recent weeks and Steve Williams, Shane Duff and – on Saturday – Oliver Gill have played well. Will Taylor move Oliver back at the expense of any of these, or drop Luke O’Brien and push Gill to left back? Or will Oliver have discovered that, by being so willing to help the team by playing out of position, he can no longer command a place in the team?