Future rosy for gardener turned pro

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PROLIFIC striker Ross Hannah is convinced he can flourish in the Football League after joining Bradford City on a free transfer from Matlock Town this week.

The former Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United junior has agreed a one-year deal with the Bantams, having plundered 52 goals in all competitions for the Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit last season.

Regarded as one of the hottest properties in non-league football, Hannah’s phenomenal goal haul included six hat-tricks and he also notched seven in an FA Trophy tie.

A former landscape gardener, Hannah has a clause in his deal which allows Bradford to automatically extend his contract by a further year at any point during next season.

The 24-year-old is confident he will make the step up and said: “Going from semi-professional to professional is a jump, it’s an obvious jump, but other players have done it before. James Hanson has done it here (Bradford), David Syers has done it here - I can’t see why I can’t do it as well.

“There’s a lot of hard work for me still to do, I am fully aware of that. I don’t ever want to lose this chance, so I’m going to give it my all.”

Bradford’s interim boss Peter Jackson said the club beat off competition from several clubs in the Championship for Hannah’s signature.