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11 October 2023



11 October 2023

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Ciarán Kelly praised City’s squad depth, as a rotated XI claimed all three points in their opening EFL Trophy Northern Group F tie against Grimsby Town.

The Irishman felt “great” after coming to a “tough place” to seal the 2-1 victory, netting his first goal for the club, and insisted the result displayed the passion everyone has to fight for the shirt.

“The win feels great,” he said.

“We got the three points away in a tough place. It is three points in the group stage and that is a strong start.

“We have a massive squad and we used that last night.

“It shows the depth and quality we have. The new XI came in and the result shows that everyone is pushing themselves to get into the starting line-up.

“Everyone is itching to get some minutes and get 90 minutes under their belt.

“Aside from that, the objective was to get the win, and we did that, so we are all happy.

“It is great for the younger lads to be here too. The quality coming up from the academy is brilliant.”

The defender is “always happy to help” when being asked to play in different positions, and explained how important mentality and character is when adapting to alternate positions.

The 25-year-old acknowledged the return to Sky Bet League Two action at the weekend, and the long trip to AFC Wimbledon, but noted that the Bantams will prepare for each game like any other, and will be ready for Saturday.

“If I am being told to do a job at centre-back or left-back, then I will happily do that,” he said.

“I am comfortable there and I am always happy to help - it is no problem to me at all.

“The versatility definitely helps. If the gaffer wants me to play somewhere else, I am always going to offer my services.

“We just have to prepare for each game, as normal.

“It is a case of recovering from this, enjoy the victory, and getting ready for Saturday.”

The Bantams are back in action at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. CLICK HERE for tickets. The match will also be available to stream live for £10 via iFollow. CLICK HERE to purchase a video match pass. 

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