CITY will be getting an exciting young striker with a bit of everything in Jake Young.

The 20-year-old is expected to be unveiled as the second new face of the Mark Hughes overhaul after leaving League Two champions Forest Green.

And the Huddersfield-born frontman will return to West Yorkshire with a glowing endorsement from a former Bantams who knows him very well.

Guiseley boss Danny Ellis helped shape Young as a raw teenager in the Nethermoor academy – and is backing him to shine in the Valley Parade spotlight.

Ellis said: “Jake’s a very exciting player and I’m so pleased for him.

“He’s very quick, he’s got great feet, he can drop the shoulder and go past a player and he’s a good finisher as well.

“He can play on the left cutting in as well or as a number 10. You can play him anywhere up there.

“He’s got that confidence that you see with good players. He oozes confidence.

“He’s one of those players who you can see enjoys his game. He plays with a smile on his face and he’s a great character.”

Ellis, who cleaned Bryan Robson’s boots during his time as a young defender at City, can recall how Young made rapid progress after joining Guiseley from Huddersfield club Shelley Juniors.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Jake Young playing for Guiseley's youth team during his prolific second season at the clubJake Young playing for Guiseley's youth team during his prolific second season at the club

“You could see Jake’s potential as soon as he came into our academy,” he said. “But in his second season, he turned into an animal.

“He was good but suddenly he just lit up everything.

“There was a lot of interest and clubs watching him and it was so nice to see him develop.

“You get your stand-out lads and we’ve managed to do very well. With Jake, you could just see he’s got a spark about him.”

Young was snapped up by Chris Wilder at Sheffield United in 2019 – and showed his self-belief by trying a shot straight from kick-off in only his second game for the under-23s.

“Chris was watching from the side and went, ‘what the hell’s he doing’, but I think he quite liked that in him. That’s just Jake.

“He didn’t play that much at Forest Green but always made an impact and I’m delighted that he’s got this chance now. It’s a great opportunity for him.

“The Bradford fans are unbelievable, not just at Valley Parade but the away following as well.

“I think he’ll thrive on it. He’s a very confident player, he’s not cocky or arrogant but he’s got that belief in himself to do well.”

City fans have already had a taste of what Young can do when he raced half the length of the pitch to score Forest Green’s equaliser at Valley Parade in October.

He also netted there the previous April when the Bantams won 4-1 on Good Friday.

Speaking after last season’s draw, Young said: “This is a stadium you want to play at, so to score here is a good feeling.

“It’s a good atmosphere. It’s one you look for when the fixtures are released.”