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Andrew Davies ready to enjoy ‘best years’ of career helping Bradford City climb up leagues
Andrew Davies geared up for City’s “massive” season by insisting his decision to stay was a risk worth taking.
The former Premier League centre half admits he has gambled by opting for another year in League Two. He snubbed rival interest from clubs in higher divisions to make the permanent switch to Valley Parade.
But Davies dismisses any suggestion that his career has taken a step backwards.
He reckons the Bantams have put a smile back on his face – and is confident his decision to remain will be vindicated by results.
Davies said: “People say I have taken a bit of a risk coming into League Two. But they were saying the same last time and if I was willing to do it then, why not again?
I’ve always believed that I can be a very good player when I’m fit and feeling good. I know this season is going to be a big one for meAndrew Davies
“I’m 27 and I’ve got plenty of years ahead of me. I can’t see another season playing games at a big club like this being anything else but a positive.
“I was at Stoke in the Premier League but didn’t play a lot of games. I was always a little bit down and wasn’t myself around friends and family.
“A lot of people over the past year have said they’ve never seen me smile so much.
“I went away and had a good think about things but it was quite an easy decision to stay.
“I’d like to think my best years are the next three or four. Hopefully they can be with Bradford if we can just get out of this league.”
Davies, who became a big favourite with the fans during his loan stint, has no complaints with cranking up the expectation level for the campaign ahead.
He said: “We are all in the firing line – the players, fans, manager and coaches. This season is massive for us and we all need to pull in the same direction.
“I don’t think this is a great league. We’re getting a good team assembled and if we’re all together, I can’t see why this can’t be the season when Bradford get promoted.”
Davies made 32 appearances last term, 30 of them for City – the most he had played in a season since 2007-08 with Southampton. He only featured in 26 games in the three years in between.
Having finally put himself back on the map, he has promised there is plenty of improvement to come.
Davies said: “I’ve always believed that I can be a very good player when I’m fit and feeling good. I know this season is going to be a big one for me.
“I’ve worked harder than I’ve ever done this summer, running on my holidays and making sure I’m in the best possible shape.
“I need another full season under my belt. This is the year when I get better and it’s so important that happens.”