THE name on his back may be familiar but Luke Hendrie is very much his own man.

The full back continues to live the dream as a life-long Bantams fan during his loan from Burnley.

Saturday saw his sixth start for the club he was brought up to follow, once again proving an able back-up for the suspended Tony McMahon.

Hendrie is clearly relishing this opportunity to don the claret and amber, however long it may last.

The fact he is son of club legend John does not weigh too heavily on his shoulders.

"He leaves me to it really," said Hendrie, when asked about the old man's input in his game.

"That was the good thing about when I was younger. Dad said to me that I was my own man and had to learn from my own mistakes.

"He's always there if I ask for advice, of course, but he lets me stand on my own feet.

"If he comes to watch, he might suggest a few pointers but he knows it's all about learning for myself.

"There are no 'back in my day' conversations. If he does, it's only about how good he was – I'm only joking!"

It helps for Hendrie junior that they are very different players. While his father was the goal-scoring winger in his pomp, Hendrie is carving a career at right back.

There are no obvious grounds for comparison in their games like the scenario with former Bantams striker Devante Cole and dad Andrew.

Hendrie said: "It's good that we are different positions and it can also be useful as well.

"He'll tell me what he used to hate full backs doing to him and how he looked to play against them. From that point of view, it's handy because you get the other perspective when you're defending.

"Some of the stuff he says, I'll take on board. But he generally will leave me to it.

"If he sees that I'm a bit annoyed after a game, he'll know then to leave me to it. But if I've played well, he'll remind me there's always something that I can improve on.

"That's the way it should be, so you don't get too big for your own boots then.

"To be fair, if he chats to me it's never in front of people in the house. The only time we'll talk about football is if he calls me up or we're walking the dog."

Despite growing up in a football household, the game is not rammed down Hendrie's throat every minute of the day. He appreciates being able to switch off.

He said: "When we get home, it's just like a normal home. He won't talk about his work and it's the same with my brother, who's a joiner – he won't come in and go on about what he's done that day.

"That's the way it should be. It keeps you nice and relaxed as well.

"If you keep on thinking about football, it's hard to switch off and you can over-think situations."

The name tag is no obstacle – any added expectation because of his genes is something that Hendrie has grown accustomed to over the years.

He admitted: "When I joined here, it was in my mind because of playing for the same club. But you've just got to get on it with and go out and play.

"Obviously that tag comes with it – but I had that when I joined here at the age of 12. It's nothing new.

"You just try and show what you can do. But it is good that we are totally different types of players – and I don't have the bandy legs either!"

While Brentford barred fellow loanee Tom Field from playing in the FA Cup, Hendrie has heard nothing from Burnley. But he is happy to focus on the present.

"Up to now, I've played nine games and that's a lot more than I predicted," he said.

"When I came over here, my aim was just to work hard every day, try and impress and have a good attitude around the place.

"If you're playing, great, but if not, I've just been trying to support the boys as much as I can.

"Sometimes when you go on loan, you've just got to get through certain times. But every day here is a real pleasure and I've got a good relationship with all the players and staff.

"The manager says that every training session, every gym session, every reserve game is an opportunity.

"When I played against Charlton in front of a big crowd, I didn't treat it any different to the under-23s when we had a friendly at Man United a couple of weeks before. You take it all in equal measures."