‘Leaving Bradford had me in tears’

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Wells in action during training yesterday

    Photo by Jonathan Talbot Wells in action during training yesterday

Nahki Wells admits that leaving Bradford City was not an easy thing to do.

The Bermuda striker, who is believed to have been courted by several teams, signed a 4˝-year deal with Huddersfield Town, the Sky Bet Championship side, during last month’s transfer window.

But the big move did not come without an emotional cost for Wells, who still keeps close tabs with his former team-mates at Coral Windows Stadium.

“It was an emotional night because after I signed I knew I had got over the line, but then driving home I also thought about what I was going to miss,” Wells said.

“I felt like I was completely cutting my life off from everyone at Bradford and it was hard driving home thinking about it without shedding a tear.”

During his stint at Bradford, Wells helped the West Yorkshire club to gain promotion to League One and to reach the Capital One Cup final at Wembley Stadium, where they were heavily beaten 5-0 by Swansea City, the Barclays Premier League side.

“It was a good time at that club and I still miss all the lads,” Wells said.

“l spent 2˝ years there and the manager [Phil Parkinson] brought such a good tight-knit squad together. Even on our days off, we would still spend time with each other, whether it be going out for lunch, shopping or on the golf course.

“We built such a good relationship and even up to today on my days off, I still see my old team-mates and spend a lot of time with them.

“If it is a good day, I will probably be on the course playing golf with them or something like that. I still keep in touch with everyone and still see all the lads and I am still welcomed back to the club.”

Even though leaving Bradford was a difficult thing to do, Wells felt it was a choice he had to make.

“It was difficult but I understood that I had a great opportunity ahead of me and in football you never know what is around the corner,” he added. “I had an option that I was over the moon with and that was to come to Huddersfield. In football, you have to take your opportunities and move on.

“I just went with what I thought was best — and that was to move in January.”

Scoring on his Huddersfield and Championship debut at home to Millwall went a long way towards easing the withdrawal pains associated with Wells’s move away from Bradford.

“I could not have asked for a better start,” he said. “Twenty-four hours after signing for the club, I was able to make my debut in the Championship and score.

“That takes a lot of pressure off your shoulders and helps you settle.

“To go straight in and get the opportunity from the manager just shows his belief in me and why he brought me in.

“Scoring the winner [against Millwall] is great, but to score in an important game in front of the home crowd always makes you feel more welcome and gives the fans a taste of what I have to offer.

“I have scored a couple of goals and we have a lot more games left, and my plan is to keep scoring as many goals as I can because that is what I am paid to do.”

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Published Feb 7, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 11:09 pm)

‘Leaving Bradford had me in tears’

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