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Hill looks ahead to Bradford trip

22 April 2022

First team manager Keith Hill has spoken to the press ahead of the away game at Bradford City this weekend, as his team seek to build on a 1-1 home draw against Stevenage on Easter Monday and finish the campaign on a positive note with three games remaining.

Talking about the trip to Valley Parade, he said: "There will be a big crowd, and it'll be brilliant to test some of the young players in that atmosphere.

"We've got to make sure we're competitive. We'll select a side from the players we have available for training on Thursday and Friday as we go into Saturday.

"The plan is to try and change the culture. I'm enthusiastic about the future with respect to building a nucleus around the young, hungry, enthusiastic players we've got who want to improve. I thought they were excellent against Stevenage on Monday.

"Careers are built on continuation of progress. It's not time to put the brakes on them, it's time to seize the moment and learn from their experiences, taking it into the next opportunity, which is training ahead of the Bradford game. They should be doing everything they possibly can physically and mentally to make big impacts on their future careers.

"For me, if you're going to be considered to be a professional football player, and want to put it into game-related experience, I think we're talking about 50 games before moving onto 60, 70 and then 100. I know managers who won't entertain recruiting or playing players who haven't played 100 league games. I'm different and try to encourage young players to express themselves and give an opportunity to play.

"They've made a good early impression on me, but equally what's important is they've made a good first impression on the likes of Liam Feeney, Anthony Grant and Ryan Delaney. It's those senior players that the young ones have to get the trust of, and I think they're getting that."

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