Bradford City's chief scout Archie Christie has appointed Wayne Allison as a development coach, as the Bantams look to build a team capable of challenging for honours in the future.

The idea is to further City's development of young players, rather than react to holes in the first-team by dipping into the transfer window. But Christie's new plan will take time, Allison warned.

"It's not a two-month thing," he said. "There is a plan and it's over a course of years.

"Now, rather than making decisions on players there and then, you can work with them and develop them for another two or three years."

Allison believes that the new scheme will allow City to sign more talented young players and continue to develop them throughout their career.


For the Bantams, the hope is that it creates a platform to build an entire generation of players capable of pushing for promotion, year after year.

"It's a totally different approach. You are developing a player and hopefully priming him for a successful and long career," Allison added.

"For me, it's a big job and a very interesting one. I see this set-up as being very progressive with Archie and the rest of the staff. We've also increased the number of scouts, which is fantastic because we can recruit the better type of players.

"We're putting down an infrastructure with the development squad which is very sustainable. When we get to the Championship and hopefully beyond, everything is then in place."

Allison's appointment won't be the first time he's worked with manager Peter Jackson.

When Jackson was in charge of Huddersfield Town, he bough Allison from Swindon for £800,000. And Allison is eager for the opportunity to work under Jackson again.

He explained: "He's great to be around the place and his enthusiasm is infectious. You want to play for him.

"I wanted to play for him, now I want to work for him."

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