ELLIOT Watt is poised for his first pre-season outing tomorrow against the club who released him as a 12-year-old.

Watt is back in full training this morning – and Derek Adams intends to throw him straight into action when City face Blackburn at Valley Parade.

The midfielder has been the only member of his squad yet to feature in any of the friendly games after picking up a thigh strain in training the day before the opener against Bradford (Park Avenue).

But the Bantams boss insists Watt has remained up to pace with his fitness and will be in contention for a first run-out against the Championship opponents.

Adams said: “I would have thought he will be involved in the squad.

“He has been working hard and doing his running. The only thing he hasn’t been able to do is strike a ball for a period of time.

“But he is getting back to full fitness and he will be in the plans.”

Rovers let Watt go as a youngster before he moved on to hometown club Preston and then Wolves. Having signed for City last summer, he joins the battle for a central-midfield starting slot.

The 21-year-old featured in every league game during his first year at Valley Parade with 44 starts and three goals.

But the arrival of Yann Songo’o has added to the competition to be in the opening line-up against Exeter on August 7.

Tony Mowbray’s side represent a significant jump in standard for the Bantams tomorrow after facing Guiseley and Brighouse in midweek.

Adams added: “We know what Blackburn Rovers are. They have a very talented squad.

“But we are looking forward to it and it gives us another opportunity to play at Valley Parade in front of our own supporters.

“It's always good when you come to a new club that you get to play on your own surface before the first game of the season.”