LEE CLARK believes close-season recruit Tommy Miller will make a big impact at Huddersfield Town.
The former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder is hoping for a 10th start since switching from Hillsborough when Bradford City visit for tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second-round derby (7.00).
The League II Bantams were hopeful of landing the 32-year-old themselves until Clark’s powers of persuasion brought him to the Galpharm.
“Tommy’s a talented player,” said Clark, who watched Miller play a key role in Saturday’s 4-0 League I win at Brentford.
“I’m only surprised there weren’t more clubs in for him, especially with him being available on a Bosman free, and I’m delighted to have him here.”
Clark – who has ruled hamstring-injury victim Calum Woods out of tonight’s game but is optimistic he will be available for Saturday’s home League I clash with Stevenage – will urge Town to take up where they left off at Griffin Park when they meet Bradford for the first time in three years.
“We need to take the application, work ethic and quality of our play forward throughout the season, starting with what is an important game tonight,” he said.
“It’s a local derby in a competition we take very seriously and I will be picking a team to try and win the tie.
“Our attitude will be exactly the same as it is for a league game.
“We have done or homework on Bradford and we will treat them with a lot of respect. They have produced some positive performances of late without achieving the results they wanted and they will be difficult opponents.”