Bradford Confirm Gilliead Return From Newcastle
Alex Gilliead has officially completed his return to Bradford in a loan capacity from Premier League club Newcastle.
The agreement for Gilliead, making him the sixth arrival at Valley Parade this summer, will see him return to City on a six month loan deal through until January 2018.
Familiar with Bradford from his loan spell during the second half of last season, Gilliead will add further attacking threat to the City squad with Stuart McCall seeing more than enough of his last season to suggest he'll be an asset to the Bantams.
McCall told the Official Website: 'We were pleased with Gilly (Alex Gilliead) last season. He was unfortunate with his injury at the back end of the season, but we saw enough of him to know that he can be an asset to us this time around as well. While he can help us, we feel we can help him in terms of his development. He offers us something different to what we have in the squad already, he will give us some natural width.'
Bradford's boss is also pleased with the number of options he has and McCall knows most of these attacking players can play across a range of different roles across the front line.
'We are now in a fortunate position where we can play a number of players in a number of attacking areas. We have players who can play wide, who can play number ten and up front, and we can also play two or three players in attack at once. Gilly knows most of the group from last season so we're sure he will bed in well over pre-season.'
The boss is now targeting a central defender to complete the squad.
'With Alex in the squad, I feel we only really now need a right-sided centre-half to add to the group.'
Injury prevented Gilliead, 21, from having as much of an impact at Bradford last season as all would have hoped but he's looking forward to putting that disappointment behind him and showing the fans he's got a lot more to offer.
Other options were available to him but it was 'a fairly easy decision' to return.
Gilliead said: 'I had a couple of other clubs enquiring about me but having been here last season and having spoken again with the gaffer last week, it was a fairly easy decision to come back. I got injured at a bad time last season and I ended up missing seven or eight weeks in total. With that in mind, I feel like I have a lot more to show the fans here.'
In total Gilliead made 10 appearances last season but he isn't back to 'prove a point' but does feel he'll be able to show what he really can do during this second loan spell.
Adding: 'I'm not coming back to prove a point as such, I just want to show that I can play at this level and I can do well for this club. I'm glad this deal has been done early into pre-season so that I can get an understanding of how the team play and how the manager wants us to play.'