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Andrew Davies eyes five-year plan with Bradford City
Andrew Davies has handed City a massive early-season boost by declaring: I want to spend the next five years here.
At 28, the defensive rock believes he is hitting the prime of his career and hopes to map out his long-term future at Valley Parade.
Davies signed a new deal in the aftermath of City’s Wembley triumph in May to keep him at the club until 2015.
Having justified the gamble in dropping three divisions to join from Stoke in the first place, the centre half insists he would be happy to play on well beyond that.
Davies said: “I’ve always believed in my own ability and thought that the more games I’ve played, the better I’ll get.
“With me being 28 now, the next five years will hopefully be the best of my career and I want them to be here.
“I have a manager who believes in me and understands the type of player I am. That’s all I’ve searched for in my whole career and I think I’ve found it here.
“Everyone said I was taking a big risk dropping down from the Premier League, and I was, but sometimes you’ve got to do that. You have to take steps back to move forward.
“This is my third season here and I can honestly say I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I want my career to progress here and with this manager I hope I can do that.”
Phil Parkinson was City’s biggest summer signing in his eyes. The stability of having the manager and his coaching staff secure for the next three seasons was a major incentive in convincing Davies that he was right to stay put himself.
He added: “I’ve always said that Phil Parkinson is someone I’ve found an understanding with from the moment I first met him. I’ve had a lot of managers and never really had that before.
“As long as he stayed, I said straight after the final ‘why would you want to leave?’ “It’s a massive club, we’ve just been promoted. Why go somewhere else and start all over again?
“You don’t give up the opportunity to stay here with a manager who likes you and fans who like you. I just feel genuinely comfortable and happy with the way I’m performing and progressing here.
“We’ve gone up a level now and I want to do better. I believe I can do that in every way.
“I can take this league by storm as well if I play well.”
Davies will make his 66th appearance tomorrow as City travel to the Potteries to face fellow League One new boys Port Vale. After last week’s crushing win over Carlisle, confidence is high that they can claim a first victory on the road.
Delighted to be out of League Two at last, Davies is relishing stepping back up into a division where he last played on loan for Walsall in 2010.
He said: “You are going up a level so the players will be better but it’s nothing that Rozzer (Rory McArdle) or myself haven’t come up against before.
“I enjoy coming up against better strikers because it tests you more. The ball will be a bit more on the floor but the back four’s gelled to deal with everything.
“But I don’t think there’s a massive difference between the leagues apart from three or four teams.
“Whatever striker you come up against, you’ve always got to be switched on. It only takes a split second for someone to get past you and score a goal.
“Our back four at the minute have played together such a lot that we know each other’s game really well. That’s healthy for the team.
“There are always going to be games that don’t go as well as you want. But when we’re on our day, I personally think we’ll be one of the best back fours in our division.”
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