ALEX BRUCE says Saturday’s home clash with AFC Bournemouth can’t come quickly enough – either for himself or Huddersfield Town.
The 27-year-old centre-back is desperate for a club debut after signing on loan from neighbours Leeds the Thursday before last.
The son of former Town manager Steve Bruce was an unused substitute as Lee Clark’s side suffered defeat for the first time in 44 regular League I games at leaders Charlton a week ago.
But the twice-capped Republic of Ireland international saw enough to convince him that the third-placed team can quickly get back on track as they bid for an automatic promotion place.
“Everyone within the game knows what Town have achieved in terms of their Football League record unbeaten run,” said Bruce.
“You don’t do something like that without having good players, and for me, that was quickly reinforced within hours of taking part in my first training session here.
“Unfortunately, time was limited before the Charlton game, and it was understandable that the manager thought it was too soon to pitch me straight in.
“But now I have a solid spell of training under my belt, as well as 60 minutes of the development game at Preston, and I’m more than ready if called upon.
“Losing at Charlton was a big disappointment, but it’s highly unlikely any side will go though a season undefeated, and it’s about how you respond.
“After a defeat, you always want a quick chance to put things right, but because it was an FA Cup weekend and we are out of the competition, we have had to be patient.
“But you can sense the determination among the players to show what we are really about, and we’re all eager to face Bournemouth.”