Issue Scottish signings continue as Scott Brown becomes Bradford City recruit number five

As told by Jason Mckeown

Following heavy message board and Twitter speculation, Clyde FC midfielder Scott Brown has been confirmed as Bradford City’s latest summer signing. The 16-year-old midfielder is to join the club on a two-year contract and moves South with a reputation as a hot prospect.

Brown, who has been training with the Bantams this summer, is expected to begin the season in the Development Squad, but does appear to have a chance of figuring in manager Peter Jackson’s first team plans as the season progresses. After handing Brown a squad number (25) , Jackson told the club’s website:

We feel that we’ve got a real find on our hands here. He’s certainly right up there as one of the best 16 to18 year olds that I’ve seen available to us in recent months…We don’t want to put pressure on the lad but we believe he has a massive amount of potential. He played in a practice match with us on the training ground the other day and he didn’t look out of place against professionals with a few hundred games under their belts. It is up to myself and the coaching staff now to help him become the player that we think he can be.”

So another new signing aimed more at the future than to make an immediate impact. So much of the club’s summer recruitement activity – on and off the field – reveals longer-term thinking.

No doubt there will be certain expectations for what City should achieve this season, with the manager and players under pressure as usual if those expectations aren’t lived up to. Yet one can’t help but feel that the strategies being implemented this summer deserve time to bear fruit and patience towards everyone instigating them.