SURVIVAL specialist Karl Henry insists City have plenty of time to save their League One skins.

The hugely-experienced midfielder admits he has forged a career on relegation battles.

And he has no qualms about getting stuck in to his latest rescue bid with the Bantams.

Henry, who has arrived at Valley Parade initially for two months, pulled off a great escape with Phil Parkinson’s Bolton last season.

They had only two points from the first 11 games before rallying – with Henry playing a big part as the organiser in midfield.

He hopes to help City produce a similar revival to drag themselves away from the foot of League One.

Henry said: “I’ve played a lot of games and I’ve probably had a career of relegation battles, which will hopefully hold me in good stead.

“I’m relishing the challenge. Obviously I went to Bolton last year in a similar situation and certainly helped them stay up – we did it in good fashion on the last day of the season.

“It was a tough season but I’ve had many of these relegation battles. Hopefully I can come and help the boys with what already seems to be a turn around.

“Going to Bolton showed people what I’m about. I’m not worried about the challenge and the situation this club is in.”

Henry has trained with West Brom since being without a club. He was also recently linked with Northampton.

He is in contention for an immediate debut in the huge home game against Oxford, who are currently one place above the drop zone. But the veteran stresses there is no need for any panic.

He added: “When you’re down there, everyone you’re playing around you becomes that six-pointer.

“But one thing that I’ve gained from these experiences is that it’s not the end of the world to be down there in the early part of the season. You get used to it and become battle-hardened.

“Players who haven’t necessarily been in these relegation battles, having been in it for a couple of months, it hurts, it’s not nice and you get stick.

“But you become thick-skinned and the teams who maybe haven’t been in and around it and get pulled into this mess towards the end of the season are the ones who really struggle to deal with the mental side of it.

“For me, it’s still early days being at the bottom at this stage. Bradford are not cut adrift – we are not miles apart, it’s not a huge mountain to climb. We’ve got to get some wins on the board.”

Henry, whose short-term deal could incorporate 11 league games, could sense some confidence among his new team-mates from his first training session at Apperley Bridge.

He said: “I can only compare it to last season because it’s a very similar situation. I was expecting maybe a few heads down and it doesn’t seem to be the case.”