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Good relishing Arsenal clash

11 December 2012-PA Sport

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Arsenal test ... Bradford City's Curtis Good (Getty Images)

Bradford City defender Curtis Good admits it would be a dream come true to be involved in Tuesday evening's (Wednesday morning AEDT) Capital One Cup quarter-final against Premier League giant Arsenal.

The 19-year-old, who joined the Bantams on loan from Newcastle United last month, is poised to make his debut in the competition and says it would also mean a lot to everyone at home in Australia.

"It would be a dream come true because all my mates back home are Arsenal supporters," he told Press Association Sport.

"When I said I was coming to Bradford they knew we were playing Arsenal and were excited.

"Even if I'm only on the bench, just to be involved in the game at a packed stadium would be great."

Good believes it is this calibre of fixture, and the drama generated from cup competitions, that is convincing more players to come over and have trials with English clubs.

"Will more Aussies come over here? Definitely," he added. "The A-League is good but you want to play at the highest level possible.

"When you're younger and more ambitious you want to come over here."

The former Melbourne Heart youngster expects the Gunners to provide a different test to what he has already experienced at Valley Parade, having made his City debut against Brentford in the FA Cup.

"The first 20 minutes was a bit of a shock," Good said. "There were a lot of long balls and it's a big step up from the reserves league.

"It's something you need to experience if you want to make the step up, there's only so much you can learn from playing against teenagers. This league is brilliant for that."

Unfortunately, it was also an experience Good is unlikely to forget for different reasons after his inclusion was in breach of FA rules as he was unregistered due to an administrative error.

Bradford was subsequently expelled from the FA Cup for fielding an ineligible player, ending its impressive feat of still being in all three cup competitions - it is also in the Northern Area semi-final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The club has appealed the decision and is awaiting the Football Association's verdict as to whether it will be granted a replay.

Good is eligible to feature against Arsenal but will have to force his way back into manager Phil Parkinson's plans having been left out of the squad that beat Torquay United last weekend.

Winger Kyel Reid (groin) and striker Zavon Hines (ankle) are making good progress but are unlikely to feature, while defender Luke Oliver (Achilles) is out for the rest of the season.

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