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🗣️ James Hanson On Sky Bet League Two Clash With Bradford City

Grimsby Town centre-forward James Hanson is excited to play against former club Bradford City at Blundell Park on Saturday

9 August 2019

Michael White
Grimsby Town striker James Hanson

Grimsby Town striker James Hanson is looking forward to Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with former club Bradford City at Blundell Park (1pm).

Michael Jolley’s side play their first home league game of the season on Saturday, following last weekend’s opening-day 2-0 win over Morecambe at the Globe Arena.

And new signing James Hanson, who spent eight years at Valley Parade between 2009 and 2017, admits it will be an ‘emotional’ day as he plays against his former team.

But the 31-year-old is focused on making a positive impact for the Mariners, after making his debut against Morecambe last weekend.

Speaking exclusively to The Mariner, he said: “It will be emotional – I’ve played against them a couple of times now, but my focus is on Grimsby Town.

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“I’m looking forward to it being my first home game here, and hopefully putting on a good performance and getting the three points, which is the most important thing.

“We’ve got a lot of confidence with the squad we’ve got – we probably only need one or two more players.

“The starting 11, and the squad, is strong, and we’re going to need everyone throughout the season.

“We’re looking forward to hopefully having a good season and pushing into the top seven.

“The way the gaffer was speaking, the players he wanted to bring in, and they’ve improved season-on-season since he’s been here.”

But Hanson – who scored 91 goals for the Bantams – admits he’ll always appreciate Bradford City for giving him the chance to shine in the EFL.

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He said: “When I was playing non-League I was scoring goals so I always believed that I could score goals at that level – it was just getting a chance.

“I didn’t imagine me being at Bradford for so long, and that’s how things work out at times.

“And I did manage to get quite a few goals for them, but I’m just a bit gutted that I didn’t manage to get 100 for them!

“It was a dream come true to play for my hometown club. There were some good memories for me, and obviously the players who were there as well.”

Read the full interview in Saturday's edition of The Mariner.


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