Meredith mulls Championship move

Off-contract Aussie defender James Meredith is weighing up accepting a new deal at Bradford City or joining an English Championship club.

The left back, who joined the Bantams in 2012, helped them get promoted to League One last year and finish 11th this season.

Meredith made 29 appearances in 2013-2014 before a foot injury kept him out of most of the second half of the campaign. 

“Bradford are offering me a new deal so they said they’ll have it over to me in the next week, but I’m obviously assessing my options at the same time,” the 26-year-old said. 

“Before I got injured there was a lot of interest from Championship clubs, that interest has died down a bit but there’s still a bit there.

“I’ll see what my agent has to say but I’m happy where I am as well. Bradford’s a good club. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.”

Albury-born Meredith, who left Australia to join Derby County in 2004 as a teenager, made his return from injury off the bench against Swindon on April 21.

He did not feature in the next match against Crawley but again came off the bench against Tranmere in the final League One game.

“I played half an hour against Swindon but I played in midfield,” Meredith said. 

“I think that was just to test me out if I’d be able to get a bit about the pitch. It was a bit different for me in midfield.

“The other night against Tranmere I came on with about 35 minutes to go and played well.

“It was good being back. It was unfortunate for Tranmere because we sent them down, but it was really good for us.

“I did my best to get back fit. I eventually got match fit, I wish it was three or four games earlier so I could have a good run out.” 

Meredith says he is happy with his performances this season despite his first serious injury in seven years keeping him out for about 20 games.

“I still did all right, considering I’ve been out for half the season,” he said. 

“We managed to finish 11th in the end which wasn't bad for our first season back in League One.

“I think we expected a bit more though. At Christmas time we were in the play-off positions, so we were in a really good position… but then I got injured and (Kyel) Reidy got injured and it just became more and more difficult. 

“I reckon Bradford will want to push on and challenge next season.”

Meredith was shaping as a possible World Cup bolter for the Socceroos but his foot injury cruelled his chances.

The broken bone in his foot meant he did not play in the game against Preston North End in January attended by Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou.

“Unfortunately it has ruled me out,” Meredith said. 

“It’d be an absolute dream to go to the World Cup but that’s just how the cookie crumbles, everything happens for a reason.

“There’s the Asian Cup next year, we’ll see how things go…. That’d be fantastic (to play in front of family and friends). You couldn't really ask for more than that.”