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1 August 2019

Club News


1 August 2019

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Matt Palmer is hopeful of earning a starting spot in Saturday's Sky Bet League Two opener against Cambridge United.

The midfielder has enjoyed heavy involvement in the Bantams' pre-season friendlies, since joining on loan from Rotherham United last month.

And Palmer is hoping he has done enough for a place in the first 11 as City’s 2019/20 campaign gets underway.

Palmer said: “We all work hard throughout pre-season in hope of starting football matches.

“I hope I have earned the right to wear the shirt against Cambridge.

“I feel I have performed well in the friendlies I have been involved in and am happy with the impression I seem to have left on Gary (Bowyer), the coaches and my team-mates in training.

“Hopefully I will be running out in front of the supporters from the beginning on Saturday and - if I am - the decision to pick me will hopefully prove to be the right one.”

The 24-year-old is the only member of Bowyer’s squad who has not been with the team since pre-season began, in June.

Despite signing on the dotted line once the Bantams had recommenced pre-season training, the former Burton Albion man has no doubts about his own condition.

He added: “I feel fit and ready. I did a lot of my fitness training at Rotherham before I joined so I am as prepared as I can be.

“Since I have come here I feel we have all done well in the games we have played.

“The lads have been brilliant in helping me settle in and I feel fully bought-in to what we are trying to achieve here.

“There is a positive mood in the dressing room and we are all really excited for Saturday."

City's first game of the 2019/20 season will get underway from 3.00pm at the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

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