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Gregan on new role and Bradford game

By Ian Appleyard | 13th July 2018

Assistant-manager Sean Gregan spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's pre-season friendly against Bradford City at Bootham Crescent (kick-off 1pm).

Gregan, who joined the club as a part-time coach last season, accepted a full-time role this summer after Sporting Director Dave Penney joined the board.

Now 44, Gregan played for West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League in 2002/03 and was also captain when the Baggies won promotion back to the top-flight in 2003/04.

He started his playing career at Darlington and also served Preston North End, Leeds United, and Oldham Athletic before moving into coaching at Darlington six years ago.

Commenting on his new role as Martin Gray's full-time deputy, Gregan said: "Martin needs someone 'hands-on' day-to-day. We had worked together for the past five or six years at Darlington so, when Dave moved upstairs, I was coming in every day. It has been a natural progression.

"It's better being around the players," he said. "When I was coming in part-time (last season) it was difficult getting a relationship with the lads. Being in full-time, you get to know them as people and characters and they get to know me."

Gregan confirmed that defender Kallum Griffiths is in contention to make his first appearance of the summer against Bradford after missing the pre-season games against Shildon AFC and Barnsley with an ankle injury.

Strikers Jordan Burrow (calf) and Macaulay Langstaff (virus) are also back in the squad after missing the Barnsley game.

Defender Tom Allan, however, will be sidelined for the next two weeks after suffering a knee injury at Shildon AFC and striker Flynn McNaughton is also ruled out for two weeks after twisting an ankle against Barnsley. Defender Daniel Parslow will also miss tomorrow's game due to a toe injury.

"If you make mistakes against better opposition, you don't half get punished. That was the case the other night," Gregan reflected. "The result was obviously not what we wanted but hopefully tomorrow it will be a lot better."

Admission to the Bradford game is 'pay-on-the-turnstile' and costs £8 adults, £4 concessions.

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