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Atkinson eyes a promotion hat-trick

4 July 2013

Midfielder wants to make it a hat-trick of promotions after success with Rochdale and Bradford City

New signing Will Atkinson is aiming to earn the third promotion of his career with Blues this season.  

The 24-year-old who signed a two-year deal with the Club today earned promotion with Rochdale in 2010 and then again last season with Bradford City via the play-offs.

And the midfielder is now keen to make it a hat trick after signing for Blues.

He said: “That’s the aim (to win a third promotion). The ambition that the manager has shown has been great and the Club are keen to push on and get out of this division.

“I’ve known Phil for a while because he was the manager when I was at Hull City. He’s very hands-on in training and gets the best out of players so I know he will push everyone to achieve the best we can next season.

“I remember last year when I was at Bradford we had two good games against Southend, it was a bit of a reverse in both I seem to remember, and they played very good football when they visited Bradford.

“I’m really looking forward to getting started and hopefully building on last season personally, because you always want to improve year on year.”

Will is slightly behind in terms of pre-season training and Phil Brown has said he is unlikely to feature on Saturday against Great Wakering Rovers.

The midfielder is hopeful he can get up to full speed as quickly as possible and make an impression before the start of the season.

He said: “Bradford’s season obviously finished a couple of weeks after all the other clubs. They only returned to pre-season training at the start of this week I think while Southend were back in last week.

“I’m a little bit behind in terms of fitness levels but hopefully I can get going now and play in a few pre-season games to show everyone what I can do before the start of the season.

“Fans can expect me to work hard and give it 100 per cent, I like to think I’m good on the ball and can play in a number of midfield positions.

“I’m really looking forward to getting going now.”

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