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Bantams bring in Reds defensive duo

Posted by nickogs20 on September 29, 2010

Another day, another departure from Old Trafford on loan – a double departure this time, as Oliver Gill and Reece Brown have joined Bradford City until October 25th.

Ritchie de Laet, Nick Ajose and Conor Devlin have all left the club temporarily in the last few days, and with Brown and Gill heading to Valley Parade for the next month, United now have a total of fourteen players plying their trade out on loan. With no reserve fixtures scheduled for the month of October, the club is making the most of a great opportunity to get many of their youngsters valuable experience of senior football, where the chances are they’ll learn more in even just a month than they would in a full season with the reserves.

England U19 defender Brown was apparently in demand, with Macclesfield Town boss Gary Simpson telling the Manchester Evening News that he was close to securing the teenager’s services. “We couldn’t offer any more than we did,” said Simpson. “It would have given us another body, another option, and he’s obviously got a good pedigree. It would have been a good move, for him and for us“.

It’s to Bradford that Brown moves however, where he’ll likely be pushing for a start at right-back, a position the Bantams are currently struggling with due to injuries. With the central berths looking more solid, Gill’s best chance of breaking into the team may come on the left side of defence, his versatility presumably part of the attraction for Bradford boss Peter Taylor. “They are both outstanding young players, who Manchester United rate very highly,” he told the club’s official website. “We are delighted to have them on board“.

Regardless of how and where they feature, the next month should do the United duo nothing but good, starting with a League Two clash with Morecambe at Valley Parade this Saturday.

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