Field In From Brentford
Stuart McCall has wasted little time in bringing in a temporary replacement for the injured Adam Chicksen as Brentford's Sam Field has been signed on loan.
Field, a member of Brentford's first team squad last season, making 17 appearances for the Championship side, has signed on loan until January.
The full back, scorer of three goals too, is in line to make his Bradford debut against League One rivals Doncaster in the League Cup this evening.
McCall confirmed Chicksen, of course himself signed from Charlton in the summer, is facing six-eight weeks on the sidelines due to a fractured cheekbone suffered early into his debut against Blackpool.
He told the Official Website: 'We got some positive news on Saturday with the fact that Adam (Chicksen) hasn't suffered any injury to his brain or neck. He has suffered a fractured cheekbone, however, which will obviously keep him out of the side for a period of time. It is hard to say for certain at this stage but it is looking like he will miss the next 6-8 weeks.'
As soon as a timescale was put on Chicksen's absence the boss was on the phone to Brentford looking to secure the loan signing of Field, who had been interesting McCall during the summer anyway.
McCall added: 'Once we knew he (Adam) had fractured his cheekbone, we knew we had to make a move. Tom is a player who has been on our radar since the summer. He played in some good Championship games last season and Brentford think very highly of him. I must thank Brentford for their assistance in pushing this deal through fairly quickly.'
As soon as Bradford interest was shown Field, looking to gain more first team football, getting the regular minutes with City he might not at Brentford, didn't have much to thing about and is looking to offer offensive as well as defensive quality to the Bantams.
Field said: 'As soon as I knew Brentford were allowing me to join, it was an easy decision. It is such a big club with a massive stadium and huge fan-base that I've heard make an incredible atmosphere. League One offers a different challenge to the Championship so I can develop here as a player with Bradford.'
Adding: 'Playing fifteen times in the Championship and coming up against some top class players gave me really good experience. Hopefully I can bring what I've learned into League One with Bradford. I feel that I am an offensive left back and that I can attack as well as defend.'