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30 September 2022

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30 September 2022

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Harry Chapman is looking forward to a "new challenge" against Harrogate Town on Saturday, ahead of his side's early kick-off in North Yorkshire.

The 24-year-old concedes the physical aspects of playing in a new division are demanding, but insists he is loving life with the Bantams and is getting more comfortable and stronger after every match.

Chapman believes City's quality will aid them, as they look for their first three points against the Sulphurites in Sky Bet League Two. 

He said: “I have never played at Harrogate. It will be a new challenge which I am looking forward to.

“The mindset and the fundamentals we have now have changed since we last played them. We are going there full of confidence and looking for three points.

“It is physically demanding in this division, but I feel like the more games I play, the fitter I am getting, and the harder I can work for the team.

“I am usually the one who starts the press, regardless of who starts in that front four.

“We have got real quality in the whole squad. The squad depth and competition is always healthy for our group.

“I am comfortable with this system, I love stopping other teams from playing and it is my job to get in their face and disrupt the opposition.

“I enjoy working hard for the team and pressing, and that is what the manager drives for.”

Chapman, who will look to make his 10th Bantams start at the EnviroVent Stadium on Saturday, has his sights on getting on the scoresheet more for City, and is pushing himself to add to his solo goal in claret and amber.

He also feels his side's togetherness and confidence will boost their chances tomorrow afternoon, particularly with the threat of Andy Cook and Vadaine Oliver, who netted his first for the Bantams against Wimbledon last Saturday.

“I could do better; I want to get my numbers up and add more goals to my game,” the former Blackburn Rovers midfielder added.

“As for now, I am getting in the right position and the opportunities are falling for me.

“If I keep getting in the right areas, the ball will fall eventually and I will hopefully score loads more.

“Last week, we showed the character we have as a group and the togetherness. In the past, we might have lost that game.

“We had the desire and teamwork and we have to show that again at Harrogate.

“Andy’s doing great. He has been scoring goals all his career and is always in the right place at the right time, constantly.

“It is a great confidence boost for Vadaine too. He has worked really hard and, if he keeps getting on the end of things, I can see him getting a bag full.

“We have had a good start to the season. We have a big squad and, when the boys are needed, they have come in and done really well.

“We need to go one better this weekend and pick up all three points.”

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