Vanarama's National League North fan preview: Bradford (Park Avenue)

Avenue supporter Ryan Burston casts his eye over how Garry Thompson's side are looking ahead of the big day.

League sponsors Vanarama have been getting the fans’ perspective ahead of the new season - which kicks off this Saturday

What does the new season hold for Bradford (Park Avenue)?
A brand-new management team and squad that has a strangely exciting feel to it! Hopefully the team can start with a bang at Curzon and kick on from there.

There seems to be a much more community feel around the club this season, more than in previous years. How important is it to have someone like Garry Thompson at the helm who knows the city so well?
Very important. He knows the area and seems to understand what the fans are after in terms of players that will work hard and involvement with the fans. Hopefully having Garry at the helm will get more Bradford City fans through the gates too.

What bit of business has impressed you the most?
I'd probably say work that has been done by the club off the pitch, changes to the ground and some high-profile sponsors for the first time in years shows we are moving in the right direction.

It seems a long time since the season finished – what’s changed since then?
A lot! It's hard to say with so much change but I'm not sure anything will really be the same. Hopefully we will still make the play-offs.

Who will catch the eye for you this season?
Lewis Knight. I know he was at us last year too but he's a quality player who will be massive again for Avenue this season.

Are there any stand-out candidates for promotion?
It's such an open league that anybody can be up there. Spennymoor would be my tip.

What away day are you most looking forward to?
Gateshead for the simple reason I've never been.

And what game would you like to win more than any other?
Guiseley away - always has a derby feeling to it. Love winning there.

If you could steal one opposition player, who would it be?
I'd have to say Connor Branson, he was great for us last year and we will miss his input.

Predictions time – where do you think you’ll finish?
Mid-table but hope for more. Who knows, anything can happen.

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