TOWN ace Andy Holdsworth can't wait to get to grips with Leeds next season.
But the 23-year-old star is disappointed Bradford won't be around to create a local triangle in League I.
Holdsworth got a taste of the hot-house atmosphere at Leeds when Town were beaten 1-0 in front of 30,115 in the first round of the Carling Cup in August 2004.
And he's looking forward to another Elland Road experience after the Whites' relegation to the third tier for the first time in their history.
That has put the A62 league derby back on the fixture list for the first time since 1987-88, when Town were relegated from what is now the Championship.
Leeds were 3-0 winners at Elland Road after a goalless draw in Huddersfield, but Town have the better derby record overall.
They have won 21 of the 52 clashes stretching back to 1924-25. There have been 15 draws in 16 Leeds victories.
In all competitive meetings, Town have won 24 and Leeds 21, with 17 draws.
"I know Leeds are Town's traditional derby rivals, and it's a great fixture to have on next season's list," said Holdsworth, who is set to play in midfield and who is from a Leeds-supporting family.
"I know our fans are already looking forward to it, and after sampling the atmosphere in that Carling Cup tie, so am I.
"I'm just sorry Bradford have been relegated, because I've always enjoyed our games against them.
"To have had three West Yorkshire sides battling it out in same division would have been fantastic."