Date: 12th June 2014 at 12:51pm
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Niall Heaton is looking to ‘prove himself’ with Bradford this summer having signed a professional contract with the club recently.

The 17-yea-old, who will be 18 during pre-season, was with the Bantams as a (even younger) youngster but left when Liverpool came calling. He returned to form past of the youth side last season that won the title and at the end of that year he became a professional at Valley Parade.

The central defender fulfilled his dream by putting pen to paper of a professional deal with the club and now he looks to make inroads into Phil Parkinson’s first-team.

Heaton told the official website: ‘It is ever boy’s dream (to sign a professional contract) and it is going to be a big year for me now. I have to prove myself to the gaffer and show him what I can do.

‘I have signed my deal but the hard work starts now really. I have to show the gaffer what I can do and hopefully prove to him that I can play in a first-team environment.

‘Last season was really enjoyable with the youth team but that was all in preparation for turning pro and getting myself ready for this year. I’m really looking forward to the season ahead now.’

A professional deal was also signed by fellow youngster Oliver McBurnie.

Heaton did travel with the Bantams first-team last season on occasion but didn’t get as far as making an appearance, which you’d be surprised if he didn’t manage this season wouldn’t you?

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