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Parkinson: Scunthorpe have really upped the ante

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson has admitted that he has found it difficult to bring in players to Valley Parade this summer because of the “lesser lights” in League One splashing the cash.

Parkinson identified the Iron and Bury as two of the teams that have shifted the goalposts in terms of third tier wage budgets after some ambitious spending over the close season.

“A couple of teams in our division raised the bar in terms of money, teams you didn’t expect”, he told the Telegraph and Argus.

“The market went a bit haywire for a while and that’s affected the situation.

“We’re all excited for this season but we know that it’s going to be as competitive as ever. League One is always hard to call.

“We’re up against a lot of teams spending a lot of money this summer, which makes it a very competitive market.

“Lesser lights in terms of stature like Bury and Scunthorpe have really upped the ante with wages. They have driven the market up at times and we’ve found it difficult”.

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