MATTY Platt admits his insider knowledge of old club Barrow will be pretty limited as he heads for a quick reunion.

Platt makes an early return to Holker Street as City hit the road for the first time this weekend.

The centre half made 87 appearances in three seasons in Cumbria, helping them win the National League and promotion in 2019 and then stay up for the past two years.

But, as with the Bantams, it’s been all change for Barrow since they appointed former Halifax boss Pete Wild in the summer.

Platt has been in touch with a couple of old team-mates but can’t offer many clues on what to expect.

He said: “There’s a new manager, a new way of playing and a lot of new faces in the building so I probably couldn’t shed too much light on what they are probably planning to do at the weekend.

“I still speak to a couple of the lads there. They got a good win last week and I’m sure they will be right up for this one, so we’ll have to be on our game.

“I’ve spoken to a few of them this week and seen the goals. I don’t know too much about the new manager but he looks like he’s got them really at it.

“I had a great time at Barrow. They gave me an opportunity to break into the men’s game and I will always be thankful for that.

“I enjoyed the promotion. The last two seasons were touch and go but we did manage to stay in the Football League in the end.

“I’d like to think they might give me a decent reception!”

City are ready for a more expansive encounter than the frustrating goalless draw with Doncaster at Valley Parade on opening day.

“They made it difficult and sat in even before going down to 10 men,” he added.

“I wouldn’t say it will play into our hands if Barrow come at us. But it makes it a little bit easier to break down.

“I’ve obviously played up there and it’s a tough place to go. I’m sure the atmosphere will be good and our fans will be loud as well.

“If you want to be successful, you’ve got to get the momentum going. Getting that first win as soon as possible is the best way of doing that and we’ll be looking to do that.

“Being at Bradford, we know we need to do well but I would say we put pressure on ourselves. As a footballer, you always want to win things.

“The pressure comes more from within but we know there’s expectation and we have to step up to the mark and thrive on it.”