GARY Bowyer is convinced there is more to come from Jermaine Anderson after his first City goal.

The midfielder is hoping to win a new Valley Parade deal after signing in January until the end of the season.

Anderson made only his eighth start in the welcome win at Scunthorpe – and got on the scoresheet for the first time in six months.

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Bowyer hopes that confidence boost will inspire Anderson, who has already had to overcome two serious knee injuries in his career.

The City boss said: “You look at Jermaine and people forget how young he is. He’s had massive injuries.

“The poor lad has had two cruciates in his career already and he’s only 22.

“That takes a bit of catching up to do. He’s had to rebuild the confidence in his body and in his game.

“But I think he’s done well, ever since I’ve been in the building.

“His performances have been one of improvement. He’s one that we’ve challenged and fair play, he’s stepped up to that.

“I think there is still more to come and he’s got a desire to get better.”

Anderson made his debut for Peterborough aged just 16 but saw successive seasons with the Posh in 2016 and 2017 wiped out because of injury.

He spent the first half of this campaign on loan at Doncaster with his former Peterborough manager Grant McCann but hardly featured.

Bowyer added: “Jermaine has been playing catch-up with his career. He will benefit, for sure, from finishing the season with the boost of his goal.

“Obviously then a decision has got to be made in terms of where his future lies. But I think there’s more to come from him, for sure.

“You saw his reaction to scoring and it was the same with Billy Clarke.

“When the pair have been through what they have mentally, to get that first goal is a massive thing.

“It just shows you how much it means to them, which is important.”

Clarke also broke his duck since returning to the Bantams on the final day of the transfer window.

That was his first goal after rupturing knee ligaments playing for Charlton at Blackburn in December 2017.

“You saw the relief from him afterwards,” said Bowyer. “It’s been tough for Billy with obviously what he’s had with his injury and how hard he’s had to work to get back.

“He’s been desperate for that, to be fair to him.

“His little lad came into training with us the other day. He’s got a good left foot and a good right one so Billy must have been watching him!”