PA­TRICK AND CO IN RIGHT PLACE – REEVES

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Char­lie Peat

BANTAMS mid­fielder Jake Reeves be­lieves Bradford’s young play­ers are at the per­fect club to help their tran­si­tion into con­sis­tent pro­fes­sion­als.

Winger Omari Pa­trick, 21, is the lat­est from the de­vel­op­ment squad to break into the first team, im­press­ing with seven League ap­pear­ances and two goals so far this sea­son.

Young­sters Tyrell Robinson and Jor­dan Gib­son also caught the eye in Bradford’s 2-1 Check­a­trade Tro­phy win over Manch­ester City U21s last week, and Reeves be­lieves they could not be at a bet­ter club.

“I don’t think any­one ex­pected Omari to do so well, in­clud­ing the staff and even him­self,” said Reeves, 24.

“But he’s been given the op­por­tu­nity and that’s what the gaffer is good at.

“He will put a young boy in if he feels he’s good enough and Omari’s done that. Look at him. He’s still with us and he’s play­ing games.

“Some gaffers at other clubs are maybe un­der a bit more pres­sure and aren’t pre­pared to throw in a lad who’s in­ex­pe­ri­enced.

“For what­ever rea­son, whether that’s right or wrong, that’s un­for­tu­nately what they do. They’re not pre­pared to take that risk, if you like.”

Stu­art Mc­Call’s side have en­joyed a strong start to the sea­son, gar­ner­ing nine wins and 30 points from their first 16 games to climb to third in the ta­ble.

It’s al­ways harder for young play­ers to break into a team that’s per­form­ing so well, but Reeves be­lieves that, as long as young play­ers show the right work ethic, they’ll step up.

“The first pro con­tract is when the real hard work comes into place,” Reeves added.

“Those boys have to keep their heads down.

“They are ob­vi­ously here for a rea­son, es­pe­cially at a club where the gaffer’s shown that he’s not afraid to play a younger player.”

PROGRESS: Omari Pa­trick

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