CALLUM Cooke admitted he had almost given up on City signing him – but is glad he hung on to get the deal done.

The on-loan Peterborough midfielder produced an eye-catching sub performance in the comeback win over Northampton.

That is likely to earn him a first start at Walsall tomorrow as Gary Bowyer’s men look to build on last week’s fightback.

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Cooke feels ready to show the form that had his former boss so keen to sign him for the Bantams after they had worked together at Blackpool.

Bowyer had been tracking the 22-year-old all summer but the move only got sorted three weeks ago – just as Cooke feared it was never going to happen.

Cooke said: “I knew I had to get out of Peterborough as soon as last season finished to get playing again.

“As soon as I heard Bradford were interested, I told my agent that was the one I really wanted because of the expectation to go straight back up.

“It was a waiting game and wasn’t ideal so I was just glad to get it over the line. It took longer than I thought.

“The week it happened was the last week I was going to give it because it was getting close to the deadline.

“I had waited about five or six weeks and it was still up in the air. But thankfully it did and I’m delighted to be here.”

Cooke spent the 2017-2018 season with Bowyer and made 34 appearances for Blackpool. He enjoys the City manager’s quirky character.

“He is a cheeky chappy,” added Cooke. “But I think that’s why I really get on with him.

“He makes it really enjoyable in training by having a bit of banter. As a footballer, you want a manager who’s behind you but not serious all the time.

“He knows how to do it right at the right time. He wants you training hard but coming in with a smile on your face.”

Cooke’s previous experience of League Two went well during a loan spell with Crewe and he is confident of making his mark having got up to speed.

“I thought I made an impact last Saturday when I came off the bench and I feel ready now to be starting games.

“I was playing catch-up when I first came here which isn’t ideal but now hopefully I can help the lads with my goals and assists as an attacking midfielder.

"When you're playing regularly, you get your match sharpness. You lose that if you're chopping and changing and in and out the side."

Walsall have had a poor start and are currently 21st. Cooke warned: “I know these are early days but you can call it a potential banana skin.

“As the gaffer keeps drilling into us, hard work beats talent."