Hanson thrilled to play alongside record-breaking Bradford City forward partner Wells (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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James Hanson thrilled to play alongside record-breaking Bradford City forward partner Nahki Wells
The club once again stressed that their Bermudian hot-shot is not going anywhere in the final week of the transfer window after his Valley Parade double sunk Sheffield United.
That is music to the ears of Hanson, who was thrilled to see Wells set a new City landmark after scoring for the eighth game in a row.
Hanson said: “Nahki’s a pleasure to play with. He makes everyone else look better around him when he’s playing that well.
“Sometimes he makes my assists look so easy. With the second one, as soon as I got the header in I knew it would be a goal – he’s a match-winner.
“The gaffer keeps us on our toes and we’re always working on different stuff on the training ground.
“Nahki’s a big part of my game and we’ve got a great understanding. It can only be good for the club if we can keep him.”
Assistant boss Steve Parkin underlined City’s stance that they are not interested in any late bids for Wells. They rejected a Peterborough offer earlier in the summer.
Parkin said: “As far as we’re concerned, it’s a no-go area.
“Both chairmen have been really supportive of me and Phil (Parkinson) since we’ve been here. They’ve let us build a squad that was capable of getting promoted last year and is hopefully capable of competing this season.
“The key thing, and I’ve been there before, is that you don’t sell your best players if you want success.”
Parkin also praised the crucial role played by Hanson in City’s second home win of the new season – at both ends of the pitch.
“He’s a battering ram and his game’s getting more subtle, holding the ball up better,” said the Bantams number two.
“He’s our talisman up top and he’s fantastic picking up defensive set plays, as you saw again.”
With seven points from the first four games, City have made a good start to League One and Hanson believes they have what it takes to be genuine contenders.
The big striker said: “We’re quietly confident we can definitely be in the top six. I’m sure a performance like that will make people sit up and take notice of us.
“When the gaffer signed a lot of good players last summer, we all knew they were capable of playing in League One. Maybe that’s what he was building for.
“It’s been a good start and we’ve shown what we are capable of as squad. We play our own way, it’s effective and it’s working so far.
“The gaffer told us before the game that this time last year we were getting ready to play Wimbledon. Now we’ve got a Yorkshire derby in front of a full house and I’m sure it was great to watch.
“It had everything – such a quick tempo with tackles flying in, headers, no time for two touches – and I think we deserved to come out on top in the end.”
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