ONE of the saddest sights of the weekend was Gareth Evans reluctantly dragging himself off the pitch at Valley Parade, knowing that his return to Bradford City had lasted only 12 minutes.
The Rotherham United winger had spent a couple of those minutes either having treatment or limping about on the pitch trying to convince himself that he could carry on.
It was a typically plucky if futile gesture. His ankle ligaments had been damaged in a tackle from former teammate Mike Flynn and it was soon apparent his afternoon would be a short one.
The frustration for Evans was compounded by the fact he had wanted to show his former club what he could do in the manner typical of players who go back to their old stomping ground.
But he hardly got the chance. A run, a couple of corners and probably the moment he might remember the most.
When he went to take a first minute corner which he’d earned himself, there were some jeers from some home fans. But that particular ‘welcome back’ was very quickly erased by many Bradford fans at that end rising and applauding their former player in what was a generous gesture.
He now looks set to be out of action for a few weeks which has led to manager Andy Scott seeking to bring in a replacement ahead of tonight’s loan window closure.
Evans, who has been playing on the left, has scored six goals and been a potent threat out wide.
He is set to announce a loan deal for Brentford winger Sam Wood who can play on either flank but also at left back.
Wood, 25, was a Scott signing in 2008 when he was in charge at Brentford, having been at Bromley.
In fact, he made 40 appearances during the season Brentford won the League Two title in 2008/09 including in the 0-0 draw at Don Valley.
He has notched over 100 appearances in all for the Bees but figured only eight times this season.
With Wood’s move set to be finalised, players are likely to go out on loan with defender Troy Brown and midfielder Ben Pringle two possibles.