On Tuesday morning, Bradford City announced the signing of former Huddersfield Town academy product, Luca Colville on a one-year deal.
By Tuesday evening, the young midfielder had been handed his debut in competitive senior professional football with Bradford City, and also had his first goal as a professional footballer; not bad as far as debut’s go!
Colville is no stranger to playing high-quality football after featuring for the Bantams West-Yorkshire rivals, Premier League Huddersfield Town, in the clubs Under-23 side for the majority of last season.
The young midfielder also featured for both Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest’s youth teams towards the end of last campaign, as both Championship sides took a look into a promising young talent, with the hope of unearthing a hidden gem.
It appears that their loss is Bradford City’s gain though, with it appearing that Colville is going to have a promising career at Valley Parade, especially with how his debut went against Macclesfield Town two nights ago.
Colville is only 19-years-old and is considered to be an exciting winger, with plenty of promise. The young midfielder occupied a more central position the other night against Macclesfield Town in the cup, but offers Michael Collins options and also a chance to impress at such an age could turn him into a valuable asset for the West-Yorkshire side.
The young midfielder is both direct and an exciting prospect and was seen as one of the shining lights in the Bantams’ pre-season campaign, with his optimism and energy in the games in which he featured in for the West-Yorkshire club.
With Colville coming from a Premier League club, it’s clear he offers real potential and the fact that he’s moved locally and to a club with a huge support, it will do wonders for his game as he develops.
Whilst players who have played the majority of their career in the Championship such as Sean Scannell and Hope Akpan also occupy the Bantams midfield, they can act as mentors in helping the young midfielder develop his game and begin to impress and eventually feature on a regular basis in the Bantams midfield.
Furthermore, the fact that Scannell and fellow teammate Jack Payne have moved from Huddersfield Town to Valley Parade, they offer Colville two friendly faces at the club to chat with as he prepares for his first season in senior football, which will certainly be an exciting prospect for the youngster.
It’s early days, but this could be a move which may be both exciting for player and fan, and will be great to watch over the coming season.