MASON Bennett has revealed that he was inspired to join City by the goal-scoring exploits of Nahki Wells.

The 18-year-old Derby starlet, signed on loan until January, opened his account in Tuesday's 3-1 win at Crawley with a coolly-taken effort.

The England under-19 international opted for the Bantams after a proposed switch to Sheffield United, also involving Rams full back Kieron Freeman, collapsed.

Now he believes they can help him make a name for himself in the game – just as Wells did.

In his first interview since arriving at the club, Bennett said: "As soon as Bradford were calling, I told my agent that I definitely wanted to go there.

"I've seen Nahki Wells in the past come through and I think I've got a great chance to push on here.

"There were a few deals going round with me as the bonus signing. I'm glad to be myself and go out as myself on loan rather than just as another player.

"It's great to get on the pitch and I'm really enjoying my time at Bradford.

"There's a bit of swagger about the lads in the way they are playing. You can see how confident they are from the start to the season.

"We got three goals against Crawley and could have scored a few more. The lads are a really creative bunch and I think we'll score quite a few this season."

James Hanson, who netted City's first, set up Bennett's goal by winning his header and the youngster believes he can have plenty of success working alongside the targetman.

"It's a bit different from Derby because we normally have only one up front with two wingers," he said.

"But I know for a fact he's going to win the flick-ons and I'm going to gamble. Big thanks to him for my goal. He helped flick it on and hopefully we'll get more goals in the future."

Bennett is still waiting to find out if he will be allowed to feature in next week's Capital One Cup showdown with Leeds. But he is excited about the weekend clash against Peterborough – and his first chance to step out at Valley Parade.

He said: "I'm not too sure yet about the cup. It's down to the club and Derby whether I can play or not and I'll see what they say.

"But there is a big game on Saturday first and the lads can go into it with a lot of confidence.

"I drove past the stadium a few times but I've not been there yet. It looks huge and I can't wait to get in there.

"The fans were great on Tuesday. They travelled a long way and created a really good atmosphere and I'm sure it's going to be even better at home."

After starting against Walsall, Bennett was on the bench on Tuesday and came on for the second half. Phil Parkinson insists that he will get a lot sharper.

Parkinson said: "Mason's got a long way to go in terms of fitness. He's done the pre-season with Derby but obviously when you're playing under-21s it's totally different to this type of football.

"He found Saturday's game tough and the training leading up to it. But what I liked about him is that even when he was fatigued he kept going and showed terrific heart.

"If you've got ability like him and a heart the size of his, you've got a good chance of being a player. He's a very confident lad."