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Here we are – the 2 month wait is finally over, the world’s biggest sporting attraction is back for another season of drama, beauty and suspense.
The Bantams start off their road to glory this Saturday with a home clash against Blackpool.
City’s six signings over the summer will be wanting to make a name for themselves, and a few of them will be expected to make their home debuts.
Jake Reeves, Shay McCartan, Adam Chicksen and Newcastle loanee Alex Gilliead will be hoping that they have proven their worth for Stuart McCall to hand them a starting 11 position.
Whilst fellow teammates Domonic Poleon and Paul Taylor who signed in the close season both returned to full training this week. The pacey attacking duo will be determined to get back to match fitness before the season opener following niggling injuries.
Bradford’s biggest recent signing Charlie Wyke will not be named for the squad. The prolific striker who missed most of the pre-season friendlies due to a torn hamstring will continue to recover.
Which leaves the striker spot up for grabs for the likes of youngsters Omari Patrick and Jordan Gibson who have been in fine scoring form during pre-season.
Whilst City had a devastating time of it at Wembley last season after being beaten in the League One play-off Final. Blackpool were the side celebrating after their triumph over Exeter City to gain promotion up to League One. Boss Gary Bowyer will be wanting to continue this momentum.
The Tangerines have had a whole change around from the winning side of last season with 10 of their squad departing to different clubs. Blackpool have recovered well from this having brought in 12 new signings since.
Jimmy Ryan, Brad Potts and Kyle Vassell may be in contention for the Seasiders despite missing their last couple of pre-season matches. The manager didn’t include the threesome in his final arrangements, to make sure that they would be fully fit for the opening game at Valley Parade.
The Lancashire side will miss out on Jim McAlister as he has still not recovered from a broken leg. Whilst Sean Longstaff who had stitches from a head injury at the weekend, will be a hopeful to return and feature for the side.