Preston North End coach John Dreyer is looking forward to returning to Valley Parade on Tuesday night when the Bantams host the Lilywhites.
Dreyer spent some of his best years as a player with the Yorkshire outfit and he has fond memories of the place as he reflected on his time there.
In an exclusive interview with PNE.Com, Dreyer said: “I had near on four years at Bradford which were some of the best times of my career.
“I think it was only blighted by the fact that I had a couple of bad injuries which was unusual for me, because I never really got injured during my career, but I had an absolutely fabulous time, loved it there.
“It is a terrific stadium, obviously it has been developed over the years and I’m sure they will have a good turnout as they always do.
“They are very passionate people about their football and I am looking forward to it.
“We had an eventful game down at Deepdale and it was honours even on the night and it were a terrific game, so it sets it up nicely for the game at Bradford.”
Tuesday night’s hosts are in somewhat of a transitional stage this January, with several outgoings and incomings in relation to the transfer market.
But the North End first team coach believes that the Bantams boss has made some very astute signings to reinvigorate his squad.
Dreyer continued: “I bumped into Phil Parkinson the other day at an U21 game and I spoke to him with regard to some of the business that he had done and I thought Aaron Mclean was a terrific signing for them and he is probably a readymade replacement for the outgoing Nahki Wells.
“I have known Aaron for quite some time during his non-league days and I think it is a terrific acquisition for Bradford.”
After Friday night’s hard earned draw at the City Ground against Nottm Forest, the Preston players are looking forward to returning to Sky Bet League One action, in what Dreyer calls ‘the real business of the league’.
“I think the lads are looking forward to getting back to league action,” added Dreyer.
“That is what it is all about really.
“It has been a nice distraction the FA Cup and all, but it is back to the real business of the league and I think we can take a lot of heart certainly from our performances in the cup and hopefully use those good performances and take them into our league programme.”