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Wells aiming to follow in the Goat’s footsteps

Bradford striker Nahki Wells has vowed to follow in his “hero” Shaun Goater’s footsteps and make a name for himself in English football.

Goater, Bermuda’s most famous export in modern times, enjoyed cult status at Manchester City with his goalscoring prowess spawning the “Feed the Goat” chant at Maine Road.

While Wells has a long way to go before being uttered in same breath as Goater, the 20-year-old is determined to prove his worth at the Bantams and make Bermuda proud.

“Shaun Goater is a top man everywhere,” Wells told the Bradford Telegraph and Argus. “My goal is to make it like he did.

“Firstly there was Clyde Best but that was years back. Then the Goat and the likes of Kyle Lightbourne put Bermuda on the map.

“Kyle also had a good career in England with Stoke and Walsall. But the Goat was our hero.

“I had a chat with him before I came over and he told me it takes time to settle and become accustomed to the style of play and the life here.

“But it’s a blessing coming in every day and a good feeling being in a different country. I used to watch the English clubs on TV and dream that one day I could play here.”

Wells is still waiting for a first start after coming off the bench three times at Carlisle last season and three with Bradford.

However, he did show an exciting glimmer of things to come during an explosive cameo against Barnet last month, scoring his first goal before hitting the inside of the post.

“It’s all about taking a chance if you get it. It’s not easy coming off the bench but Barnet was my best performance,” said the former Dandy Town man.

“The other two were quite difficult games but nothing to worry about. I just try my best for the team.

“Carlisle was a tough experience but it made me more hungry to play. I’ve been through the worst part and I know what to expect now in terms of struggling and trying to get into the team.”

So far, Bradford have the found the going tough this season, winning just one of their nine league matches.

But Wells, whose three outings for the League Two side have been with three different managers, remains optimistic despite the poor run of results.

“People can expect too much after a rough start with a different team every week and the change of manager,” said Wells, who played in Bermuda’s losing World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad and Guyana.

“Things will change. We’re scoring goals so if we can stop conceding so many then I don’t think we’ll have a problem coming out of our slump at the moment.”

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Published September 21, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated September 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm)

Wells aiming to follow in the Goat’s footsteps

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