Hanson gets Bantams' trial
Bradford City have handed Guiseley hot-shot James Hanson a fortnight's trial to impress.
Last Updated: 09/06/09 11:48am
Bradford City have handed Guiseley hot-shot James Hanson a fortnight's trial.
The 21-year-old has netted 44 times for the Northern Premier League side in the last two seasons and scored against the Bantams in a friendly 11 months ago.
Bradford boss Stuart McCall has been tracking the player for some time and has now invited him to join the League Two outfit's pre-season training, which begins on 1st July.
McCall told the Telegraph & Argus: "James has been on our radar for a while.
"Obviously he was contracted to Guiseley last season and we tried to get him down to play in a reserve game but work commitments wouldn't allow it.
"He scored against us last year and since Christmas has hit a good vein of form. Guiseley went on a good run and I think he was a main part of that.
"We're giving him the opportunity to come and make a good impression. Maybe his dream could come true.
"He plays in a three on the left a la Ian Ormondroyd. He's a strongish boy, finishes well and can play pretty much anywhere in a forward area.
"He's on our doorstep and we'd be crazy not to have a look at him."
As well as training with City, Hanson could also get some game time as the club's first friendly against Burnley is just 10 days into pre-season.
City player Kyle Nix turned a similar trial into a permanent contract two years ago and McCall hopes the same can happen with Hanson.
He said: "Nixy came in and his fitness levels and enthusiasm made an impression. That's what James will look to have to do.
"In years gone by, you'd get people in for the first week or so of pre-season and all you'd see is their fitness. And not coming from a full-time background, you don't expect them to be at the same level.
"But we will get the balls out as early as we can this time and James will get his opportunity in a couple of games. Hopefully it goes well for him."
City's resources are more limited this term and McCall is scouring for non-league talent.
But he concedes that finances could be a potential stumbling block even for part-timers.
"I'll be honest, for some semi-pros like Jon McLaughlin who we got from Harrogate Town, financially they would be better off playing with them and working three days a week than actually playing for us," he said.
"From a financial point of view, people do have mortgages to pay and it's a tough one coming out of non-league football effectively on less money. It's down to if they've got the ambition to make a go of it here.
"Some people say there are nuggets out there in the non-league and you only have to look at how well Peterborough have done. But they paid £500,000 to get those nuggets.
"We're talking here about going down further and looking at the likes of Guiseley. But if we pick up a gem from there it would be great.
"We're open to everything and trying to spread ourselves with the resources we have to see every game we can.
"Obviously we're going to be a man down next season with Chris Casper having gone.
"There'll be me, Wayne Jacobs, David Wetherall and Peter Horne all trying to get out and see as many games as possible but when most are on a Saturday, it can be difficult."