Bradford City: James Hanson interview

Approaching a double-figure goals tally in your first full season in the Football League – with the business end of the campaign still to come – is certainly nothing to be sniffed at.

But beanpole Bradford City striker James Hanson is sure about one thing – he wants more and insists he should be looking back on a bumper double-figure haul when he is digesting 2009-10 on some sun-kissed beach this summer.

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The former Guiseley frontman made the short journey from Nethermoor to Valley Parade in the close season, with former boss Stuart McCall identifying the 22-year-old as a work in progress.

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McCall's card was marked about the promising frontman by ex-Guiseley and Bradford Under-16 coach Mark Ellis – a team-mate during City's champagne stint in the 1980s – with Hanson eventually earning a two-year deal following a successful trial.

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Hanson actually worked out his notice at the Co-op supermarket in Idle before joining the Bantams – his hometown club – and he has impressively shown his wares since, firing nine goals ahead of this weekend's action.

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Although he insists there should have been plenty more into the bargain, having spurned several presentable opportunities in matches so far this year.

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Hanson, shown the door at Huddersfield Town at the age of 15 before picking up the pieces with Eccleshill United and then Guiseley, struck the match-winning goal in last Saturday's 1-0 victory over relegation-haunted Darlington, just his second of 2010.

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It was a notable effort, clinching a rare seasonal double for City and back-to-back league wins for the first time since way back in August – while you had to go back to October 24 for their previous League Two victory on home soil.

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It's fair to say the Bradford lad, who netted 44 times during his productive stint at Guiseley, has caused League Two defences problems aplenty with his commanding aerial presence, with the 6ft 4in ace's ability on the deck more than tidy for a big man, allied to his hold-up skills when leading the line.

While individually at least, Hanson will be able to look back on an impressive first season in the cut and thrust of professional football, he equally feels there's plenty more goals in his locker between now and May.

He said: "It's gone reasonably well. I think I've missed about eight or nine games (through injury), but I feel I should be on double my tally with the chances I've missed, despite the time I've been out.

"It could be a good thing that I've been creating chances, but I've got to start taking them now and wouldn't say I'm totally happy and there's plenty more to come, although it's been a good first season for me here."

After being nurtured through his first campaign in the big time by McCall, Hanson now finds himself being cajoled and brought on by new boss Peter Taylor, who has already identified that he possesses all the raw materials needed to succeed.

And despite intimating that Hanson needed a breather ahead of the Quakers game, Taylor elected to line him up alongside new recruit Mark McCammon in a powerhouse forward line, with the move paying dividends.

But while his tutelage is now under Taylor, Hanson admits he owes a debt of gratitude to McCall for giving him his big break, while being tacit enough to acknowledge that City's ability to turn pressure into goals for large swathes of this season hammered a nail in the ex-City boss' managerial coffin at Valley Parade.

He added: "He was great to me and always gave me advice. He was the one who brought me here and looked after me well and I'm grateful to him for doing that.

"We were desperate to do well for him and knew that when we were missing chances in games, we weren't helping his cause.

"But at the end of the day, it's about results and we should have had three points against a lot more teams.

"It's been the same old story for much of the season and he (McCall) couldn't do anymore.

"Against Bury (McCall's last game), they had one shot on goal and we had I don't know how many clear-cut chances."