Kyle Nix hopes a debut goal has strengthened his hand for earning a proper City contract.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder was a surprise inclusion in the Carling Cup tie at Wolves and responded by scoring the second-half consolation effort.

It was a special moment for Nix in his first full senior game and, with his short-term deal running out a week on Monday, could not have come at a better time.

He said: "Hopefully I've given the gaffer a bit of a dilemma. I've not got long left on my contract and I'd love to get a longer chance here.

"Playing at Molineux was not a bad place for my full debut - a big ground against a big club - and I was delighted with the goal.

"The gaffer had a word with me a few days before to say I might be playing and I was a bit nervous but it's all good."

Nix's previous first-team experience has been limited to two brief run-outs as a substitute for Sheffield United in the Carling Cup two years ago.

After being released by the Blades in May 2006, he drifted into non-league but Stuart McCall - who knew him well from Bramall Lane - threw the youngster another lifeline in pre-season and Nix intends to make the most of it.

He said: "The gaffer's been very fair to me since I've been here. I obviously knew him very well at United and he was brilliant there for all the young lads.

"I played a couple of Carling Cup games but he also came to see the reserves a lot. Now the incentive is there for me.

"I went to a few clubs on trial last pre-season but then got a bad ankle injury which kept me out for three or four months. I was at Grimsby for a bit and then got playing in non-league.

"But I've always believed I can play at a higher level after being at clubs like Sheffield United and Aston Villa. I didn't give up and I really appreciated the gaffer giving me this chance.

"It's down to me to keep going. Bradford are a good club, the fans have been great and there's a bit of a buzz around the place.

"We've got a good set of lads here and can hopefully get promotion and start climbing back up the leagues. I've really enjoyed it here so far and I just want to prove myself.

"I also scored the other day against Sheffield Wednesday and played okay in the Burnley pre-season game, so I don't think I've done my chances any harm. I'm hoping I can give the gaffer more options for the squad."

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