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READ | Bradford opportunity ideal for Ball - Warne

4 September 2018

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Rotherham United boss Paul Warne says David Ball's move to Bradford City made sense for all parties.

Following ratification of the deal which was completed late on deadline day, Warne explained the reasons for the 28-year-old’s loan departure but conceded that it was not a decision that was taken lightly to allow him to leave.

“David wants to play just like I did when I was a player, so this was an ideal move for him,” he told

“His departure is with a heavy heart because he is one of the best professionals that I have worked with, and he is a big figure in this brilliant dressing room.

“He has played a major part in creating this positive environment that we have at the training ground, but we also have to understand that he is at an age now where he needs to play.”

The Millers manager continued to add that impressive performances from a number of other attackers meant that he could not provide assurance to Ball of regular minutes, but insists he will track his progress in West Yorkshire closely.

“With the likes of Smith, Proctor and Vassell doing well there was no guarantee we could give him regular first team football and therefore, this move was the best for all parties,” Warne continued.

“I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on his progress, Bradford is only up the road and at every available opportunity when there isn’t a fixture clash, I’ll be checking in on his progress. We wish Bally all the best.”

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