It has been a terrible year to be a Bradford City supporter, hasn’t it?
Despite starting the 2018/19 campaign in positive spirits, the Valley Parade faithful soon realised that their side were in for a real struggle in League One after they suffered a number of poor results.
Although the Bantams would change their manager on two occasions in eight months, the sincere lack of quality in their squad ultimately culminated in them finishing nine-point adrift of safety.
With Gary Bowyer clearly needing to launch a complete overhaul of his squad this summer, the fact that he has given Daniel Devine a new contract could indicate that he may be willing to put his trust in Bradford’s academy players next season.
An exciting young prospect, the midfielder has been limited to just 34 appearances since making his debut in 2016 yet with his side dropping down in level, he will be hoping to establish himself as a mainstay in the first team.
Reacting to the news that Devine had agreed to stay at their club for at least another year on Twitter, loads of Bradford fans expressed their delight at the decision.
— Lee (@leepasq12) May 23, 2019
Nice one looking forward to you having your best season and been a regular in the first team
— Midge (@midgliano) May 23, 2019
— Kendal Chris (@CMH1967) May 23, 2019
Good luck @daniel1_devine make this your year! Big season for you and I think you could be key.
— Bantamaj (@AJBeeca) May 23, 2019
— ANDY HOLLAND (@SHANDY2770BCAFC) May 23, 2019
Great! I always thought he should have been a regular last year.
— Thomas Hague (@ThomasHague) May 23, 2019
A first class player, I’m glad he is with us again, looking forward in seeing you play again
— Nigel Mahomet (@NigelMahomet) May 23, 2019
Needs to be one of the first names on the team sheet he’s a cracking player
— Mac (@MilligansJr) May 23, 2019
Congrats and good luck. A real opportunity to stamp his mark.
Would love to see him influence and dictate games more (belief and confidence). Also to be more aggressive and vocal on the pitch.
— MONZA (@CMonza77) May 23, 2019
He needs to shine soon definitely but his ability to play anywhere is good
— St Peter (@Mrpeter555) May 23, 2019
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Having led Blackpool to promotion from League Two in 2017, Bowyer will be confident that he can achieve the same feat with Bradford in the upcoming campaign.
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