Typical setting: Bradford City’s Valley Parade stadium, like many football stadia in England, is part of the fabric of the city. *Photo by James Burton
Typical setting: Bradford City’s Valley Parade stadium, like many football stadia in England, is part of the fabric of the city. *Photo by James Burton
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Bradford City Supporters Trust believe they struck gold when the club signed Nahki Wells – and sent a message of thanks back to Bermuda.

Wells’ career has taken off at Valley Parade, helping them to an historic cup run which culminates with the greatest prize of all on Sunday — a Wembley final.

But the striker earned the fans’ trust long before that, scoring goals last season and earlier this campaign at a rapid rate.

His demeanour and confidence on the pitch is also something that has endeared him to fans starved of success.

Pork pie & a pint

Trust member Manny Dominguez was only too happy to talk about the impact Wells has had at Bradford with the Bermuda Sun, over a pork pie at a popular fans’ pub in the city yesterday.

He said: “We’re very grateful and very privileged to have this young guy playing for us at City. He’s an invaluable part of the team and he’s continued to score goals, that’s why he’s much loved. We thank you, Bermuda.

“He’s brought a lot of flair to the team. He’s a bright lad, quietly confident and his talking on the pitch is louder than words really.

“He’s very popular and has obviously scored the goals and I think manager Phil Parkinson has been a very good influence on him.

Pace

“With Najki’s pace, he’s good at getting on the end of balls and doing his magic.”

Dominguez, 38, a social worker who lives in Leeds, rates Wells as one of the best players he has seen in 26 years of watching the team.

And he backs the former Dandy Town man’s happiness at the club as a key weapon in convincing him to stay at the Bantams beyond this summer.

“I think because he’s enjoying it so much here it will be difficult for clubs to get him, particularly as Phil Parkinson has a real comradeship in his team and has built confidence.

“Once you have a team spirit that’s really hard to break. It’s difficult once a player becomes settled here, too.

“I think it will be difficult for another club to get him.

“The amount of games he played and the amount he scored in the cup matches adds to his value. He’s going to cost a pretty penny, put it that way.

“But he might not go anyway because he likes it here and I think clubs will find it hard to get him because of that.”

He added: “He’s got a lot of skill.

“He’s a real player. He adds a bit of glamour because he is from Bermuda and also, of course, because he is knocking in the goals.”