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3 February 2023

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3 February 2023

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City’s new signing, Sam Stubbs, is hoping to call on recent successes in gaining promotion from Sky Bet League Two to aid the Bantams, after arriving on deadline day. 

The centre-back expects his new side to maintain high standards and mental resilience as City approach a “relentless” period of the season.

The 24-year-old is impressed with his new surroundings, and shared positive first impressions of his new team-mates, ahead of City's first game since his arrival, against Mansfield Town on Saturday. 

He said: “First and foremost, you need a good group that understands what is required on the pitch. The biggest thing though, is needing solid mental strength.

“When I look back on my own experience with Exeter, the last-minute winners and holding onto clean sheets, they are big moments that can define your season. 

“It is relentless, because you need to perform every single game. It is harder this year, because it is so tight at the top, and every game, including tomorrow, is vital.

“Every week, there is a standard, and if you do not meet it, you will not get promoted.

“The lads are very welcoming and I am very impressed with the facilities.

“I am still getting to grips with the squad, but there is a great mixture of young boys, and experienced heads, and I have found that balance to be perfect. 

“The first impressions for me, is that they are a great set of lads, and I cannot wait to settle in more.”

Stubbs, who arrived from Exeter City on Tuesday, is not worried about settling in to a new team mid-campaign, as he believes the team spirit he has already seen, will make gelling in easier.

The former Everton academy prospect also acknowledged the importance of the connection with supporters, and is looking forward to meeting them at the University of Bradford Stadium tomorrow, which is a ground Stubbs confesses is one he has “always been excited at” playing in.

“I have moved in January a lot, and have done good off the back of it,” Stubbs continued.

“It is always going to be different, because usually, you are not expecting a lot of new faces in January, so it can be daunting at first if you are the odd one out.

“It is the team spirit that involves you and settles you down quicker. Even aside from football, the boys get on off the pitch and the bond is very strong.

“I have been in the game a long time, so I understand the importance of the connection with fans. 

“I am aware of the need for the club to do well, and at times, when it is tough, supporters will look for a glimmer of hope. Hopefully, I can bring that to them. 

“As cliche as it sounds, football is more than a game. As a player, it is easy to forget that, so it important to respect the fans and honour their support. 

“You always look for certain grounds, even when you a visiting them as an opponent, and Valley Parade is always one I have been excited at, and when you are in the tunnel, it is a great occasion. I cannot wait for Saturday.”

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