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SARCE ON MAKING CITY SWITCH

17 May 2024

Club News

SARCE ON MAKING CITY SWITCH

17 May 2024

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The Bantams secured their first new signing of the summer on Friday, welcoming seven-time promotion winner Antoni Sarcevic to the University of Bradford Stadium. 

We caught up with the current Sky Bet League Two champion on his decision to cross the Pennines and sign for City...

Q: Antoni, welcome to Bradford City. First and foremost, how does it feel to be here?
 
A: Yeah, I am made up now that it is all done. I am buzzing to be at Bradford City and I cannot wait to get going.
 
Q: We are not too far removed from the season finishing and you getting promoted with Stockport. How did this move materialise?
 
A: I was a free agent after the end of the season and in football word gets about. The gaffer and David Sharpe were quick to get on the phone and, as a footballer, all you want is to feel wanted and feel loved. I have worked with the gaffer before and so, along with the size and stature of this club, it was a no brainer. 
 
Q: You mention the size and stature of the club. What else attracted you to the club and how have those conversations with the manager done so far?
 
A: The club needs to start getting up the leagues again and this year, starting to get back up the leagues is paramount. The club came to me saying that, with everything I have done in my career, I would be a massive addition to the club in that sense.
 
Q: Does the seven previous promotions in your career so far help with what you can bring to the squad?
 
A: Yeah, I think it will be a massive help. I have been there and done it and got out of this league many times. I hope to be a good acquisition to what is already a great squad.
 
Q: How important is having that winning mentality getting into that habit? Like we say, the last three clubs you’ve been at, you have been promoted.
 
A: It is a tough league to get out of, as any league is. I have been there now a couple of times. Hopefully I can bring my standards, my drive and my winning mentality to the group already here, and for the fans and the club. Hopefully, we can get the job done and go up this year.
 
Q: In terms of experience in this league, you’ve been promoted from this league five times now - some more recent than others. Does that widespread experience help?
 
A: Yeah, the league changes every year. Clubs come up, clubs go down, but it is always the same case. We focus on ourselves and we make sure we are a team to be reckoned with in the league. Clubs come here with the stadium and fanbase expecting that, and we have to be the ones who can handle that pressure and handle that excitement from everyone expecting us to do it. When we go on the pitch, we give it everything, so that by the end of the season we are all celebrating.
 
Q: You have played here many times but for those who don’t know too much about you, what kind of player would describe yourself as?
 
A: As soon as I am on that pitch, I give it everything. I like to add quality, chip in with goals and assists and make sure everyone around me is pulling in the same direction to get those three points every weekend.
 
Q: Being here at the stadium on a matchday with the passionate fanbase and over 13,500 season tickets sold for next season, how much does that excite you as a player and wanting to feed of that?
 
A: Yeah, it is massive. Everyone knows how important the fans are here, especially with the backing that we will get at home. We need to make sure we have the fans on our side straight away, and we have to be the ones on the pitch making sure the fans go home happy.
 
Q: You are a winner on the pitch and fans obviously feed off that sort of energy. You have also worn the armband as well at your previous clubs and particularly at Stockport. What can we expect from you as a leader and driving standards of you and your teammates?
 
A: For the 90 minutes I am on that pitch, you will see 100% from me every time, and hopefully it can enthuse the squad to be on that level, because some games it might not be going your way but as players and individuals we have to relish that. I am always one that will be driving that and hopefully you will see that on the pitch.
 
Q: We will be back soon for pre-season. How much are you looking forward to getting into the dressing room with your teammates and building towards a successful season?
 
A: I cannot wait now. I feel like I have already had too long off being a full-time dad with two kids for a few weeks, but no, I am buzzing to get back out there because nothing beats getting back with the lads. I am very excited.
 
To watch Antoni Sarcevic's first interview as a Bantam now, head over to our official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE

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