Tyler French is looking forward to what he claims will be the biggest game of his career, as the Bantams prepare to welcome European champions Liverpool FC to West Yorkshire.
The 20-year-old, a summer recruit from non-league Sudbury, supported the Champions League winners growing up.
And French is readying himself for a crowd and occasion far great than he is accustomed to – all in aid of the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.
He said: “I am looking forward to this game massively. It is crazy to think I am going to be playing in front of a capacity crowd, against the team I have supported for as long as I can remember.
“Personally, it is something which represents a massive achievement. It will make my family very proud.
“Even last Saturday at Guiseley was the biggest crowd I have ever played in front of, so to be getting out there on Sunday in front of a full house of over 24,000 people will be surreal.
“It really is a dream come true - and I cannot wait for it.”
Gary Bowyer’s side have participated in several off-site team-building exercises over the past few weeks and French, following the latest trip this week, insists they have been crucial in developing a strong team spirit.
The defender believes the activities have reaped their rewards on the togetherness of the team thus far and will continue to do so as we prepare for the beginning of the new season.
He added: “The team building exercises have been really good in bringing the team together. We have been doing lots of different activities and having a good laugh.
“It has been great way to get the team gelling as well as possible. It is no secret, now, how well we have all started to bond and get on with each other.
“The sessions have definitely helped in that sense and we are all looking forward to the start of the season.
“There is a great atmosphere in the changing room and everything is looking really positive.”