Jackson targets Donaldson

Bantams boss keen to land prolific striker

Donaldson: Crewe striker is a target for Bradford boss Peter Jackson

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Bradford boss Peter Jackson believes striker Clayton Donaldson could be the man to lead the Bantams out of League Two next season.

Jackson, who was handed a one-year contract at Valley Parade after helping the club beat the drop last term, has confirmed his interest in the out-of-contract Crewe hitman.

Donaldson is sure to be a man in demand this summer having finished the campaign as the top scorer in League Two with 29 goals in all competitions and may not be keen to move to a side who struggled badly last term.

But Jackson feels the 27-year-old's ties to the area could work in their favour and has already held initial discussions with the talented forward.

"I have spoken with Clayton but I am sure that other managers have as well," Jackson told his club's official website.

Too weak

"There is an interest from myself and the football club in general to bring him here. He is a Bradford lad - he thinks a lot about this club - but at the moment it is just an interest.

"We have to invest in strikers who can get us plenty of goals for next season.

"Strikers who can grab you 20, 25 goals a season can be the difference between going into the play-offs or not.

"If that total then goes up to 30, 35 then you start looking at automatic promotion.

"Clayton is certainly one of those strikers who is well capable of getting that amount of goals. He is the sort of player we are looking to bring in because we were too weak in that area last season."