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Royals In For New Left Back?

A fine start to the season has led to Bradford City left-back James Meredith being linked with a move to Berkshire, although the Australian international is keen to calm speculation.

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27-year-old Meredith's career is certainly on an upward trajectory, having spent two and a half seasons at Valley Parade with Bradford after joining from then-Conference outfit York City. Since impressing in Yorkshire, the New South Wales-born man has been called up for the Soceroos, debuting in November for a 3-0 World Cup qualification win over Kyrgyzstan.

Indeed such form has led to rumours in The Sun and Yorkshire local media that the Royals are in for Meredith, rivalling fellow Championship clubs Brighton and Wolves for

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the left-backs's signature. Reading currently rely on Jordan Obita and loanee Andrew Taylor in the position, but a January move could be on the cards with a release clause stipulated in Meredith's contract.

That said, the Aussie has attempted to halt talk of him leaving Bradford, telling the Telegraph & Argus:

"There is a clause in my contract but I don't think about stuff like that. I just get my head down and work as hard as I can for the team. That's how I've always been."

"Getting picked for Australia, I guess inevitably (the speculation) is going to happen when you put yourself in those sort of positions.

"You can be the exact same player with the exact same qualities but once you become an international, you might get looked at a bit differently.

"But I'm only concentrating on working hard to put in as many good performances for Bradford as I can. I want to do the best I can to help us get promoted and then see where we're at.

"I'll never take my foot off the gas. I've been down the bottom playing Conference North, so I won't ease up until I'm right up the top. If you ease up, you'll just get replaced."

Bradford currently sit ninth in League One, Meredith playing 16 times for the Bantams, scoring one goal.