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CHICKSEN | PLAYING AT BRADFORD IS ALWAYS SPECIAL

20 June 2017

After sampling the Valley Parade atmosphere on more than one occasion in the past as an opposition player, new Bantams defender Adam Chicksen admits that he can't wait to have the City fans on his side this time around.

Chicksen became City's first summer signing this Monday after putting pen to paper on a two-year deal at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Ahead of his move to the Bantams, the 25 year-old left back has already played at Valley Parade with three separate clubs before - Fleetwood Town, Charlton Athletic and Gillingham.

Chicksen said: "I've played at Bradford a few times now and I just remember looking up and seeing the stands full of fans.

"It gave you shivers down your spine.

"If you are a player and you say you don't get excited by playing in the sort of atmosphere you get at Bradford, then you are probably lying.

"Bradford away was always one of the games you looked for in the fixture list because you knew it would be a special atmosphere.

"You don't get that same feeling with most other clubs.

"When you play a lot of football, you remember the special stadiums - the ones that make you feel like you are in a real 'arena'.

"I've always thought this about here (Northern Commercials Stadium).

"When it is jumping and the atmosphere is strong, this place is very difficult for an opposition player.

"It feels like you are against a massive wave.

"I am delighted to be on the other side of that now and hopefully have the fans on my side.

"I'm excited to be a part of this team now and trying to win games of football for the fans."

Chicksen twice came up against the Bantams last season while playing for previous club Charlton, with the defender impressed by City's efforts during the 2016/2017 campaign.

He added: "When I played against Bradford with Charlton last season, I felt they were one of the best teams we came up against.

"You always follow the progress of teams that do well in your league.

"Bradford were definitely one of the teams that stood out for me last season.

"I had good battles in the two games against Bradford. They were playing good passing football and it was a challenge for us coming up against them."

Following the departure of fellow left back James Meredith earlier this summer, Chicksen would appear to be in pole position to replace the Australian in City's defence.

Chicksen himself isn't resting on his laurels, however, and knows the hard work starts for him now with his new club.

Chicksen added: "I can play in more attacking positions, or at right back, but I feel left back is where I'm at home.

"I know (James) Meredith having played against him a few times. I know he did well for this club and has now moved on, but I can't take anything for granted.

"I just have to work hard for myself and the team.

"I want to give it my all, gel with the lads and the fans, play well as a team, and do my very best for this football club.

"I've always been taught as a defender growing up that you have to defend first - that is you main job.

"I do love to get forward though, I love to put deliveries into the box for forwards to go and get on the end of.

"If I can do that and the strikers get their goals and get their limelight, I can go home a happy person.

"I am hopeful that I will fit in with the style of play used here last season.

"Obviously I won't know that for certain until we get started but what I can guarantee is that I will give everything at the training ground and in my home life to ensure I'm at my best.

"Pre-season training is hard - no-one honestly likes it that much - but you have to be ready to run and work until you can't do any more.

"We know it will pay off for us once the season starts."


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