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PATIENCE HAS BEEN A VIRTUE FOR TOMKINSON

22 December 2023

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PATIENCE HAS BEEN A VIRTUE FOR TOMKINSON

22 December 2023

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Jonathan Tomkinson described how his patience has been worthwhile during his loan spell at the Bantams, ahead of City’s trip to the Eco-Power Stadium to face Doncaster Rovers this evening.

The on-loan Norwich City defender admitted he had been frustrated at times during his spell at the University of Bradford Stadium earlier in the season, but believes his patience has now been rewarded, starting back-to-back games for City for the first time this season.

The Bantams' No.31 praised the efforts the side have put in on the defensive end, keeping four clean sheets in a row, but insists City will not get caught up in stats, and will instead remain focused on their upcoming fixtures. 

He said: “It is a nice feeling. I have been patient, but it has been worth it. 

“It was frustrating at times. You want to play as many minutes and as many games as you can as a player.

“It is never smooth sailing as a professional - there are ups and downs. Hopefully, I am on a big up from now.

“We take pride in keeping the ball out of our net. Clean sheets can really bring you together as a back-line.

“We will not get caught up in the stats. We will go into every match and take it game-by-game, wanting to keep a clean sheet.”

The 21-year old described a different footballing experience in his last outing at Gillingham, where he learnt a lot about the physical side of the game which he was perhaps not as familiar with.

The USA international also spoke about the pride he felt when going on international duty with the USA Youth National Team Olympic side, and how this season has already brought a range of different experiences for him.

“Gillingham was a competitive and physical game, something I probably need more of,” Tomkinson added.

“It was a good win, three points and a clean sheet. A physical game, but that is what I am here for.

“Regardless of how physical a game is, it is always enjoyable when you are winning. We did just that in our last game, and hopefully we can do that on Friday.

“It is a really proud feeling, representing your country.

“I looked at it as a reset, a break from club football where I could also maintain my fitness levels and play football at the same time.

“We are building something, hopefully to play in the Olympics next summer. It is a very exciting opportunity.”

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