Wakefield FC hoping to arrange Bradford City and Rotherham United friendlies

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WAKEFIELD FC are hoping to secure pre-season friendly matches against Football League clubs Bradford City and Rotherham United this summer.

Bears boss Paul Lines has told Express Sport that planning has already started for next season - just days after he guided Wakefield to Evo-Stik Premier League safety.

The regular Division 1 North season only finished on Saturday but Lines has already been on the phone trying to bolster his squad for next season, while club directors have been trying to secure the two high-profile friendly matches.

Wakefield have enjoyed pre-season fixtures against Huddersfield Town in recent seasons but the Bears are this summer hoping to secure meetings with the Bantams and Millers, who both ply their trade in League 2.

The club is working hard behind the scenes to face both clubs but nothing is finalised and no announcement over the club’s summer friendly fixture list is expected for a number of weeks.

Lines celebrated with his team at the club, based at Ossett Town’s Stade France ground this season, on Saturday night despite finishing the campaign with a 2-0 home loss against Cammell Laird.

His arrival at the club eventually sparked an an impressive upturn in performances and results which led the Bears to Division 1 North safety.

See this week’s Wakefield Express Sport for more from Wakefield FC boss Paul Lines.