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Match preview: Notts County v Bradford

7 August 2012

New-look County ready for Bantams test

Notts County will be at full strength when they get their campaign under way at home to Bradford in the first round of the Capital One Cup. 

The Magpies have managed to get through their pre-season preparations without sustaining any injury problems. 

Boss Keith Curle has an abundance of options available, including 10 new signings, as he embarks upon his first full season as manager of the npower League One club. 

Summer arrivals Enoch Showunmi, Bartosz Bialkowski, Gary Liddle, Dean Leacock, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Joss Labadie, Manny Smith, Yoann Arquin, Andre Boucaud and Francois Zoko will all be hoping to make their competitive debuts. 

Meanwhile, defenders Carl Regan and Tom Williams are in the process of completing deals to join the club. 

Former Rochdale midfielder Gary Jones could be in line to make his Bradford debut. 

Jones, Dale's record appearance maker and a Spotland legend, arrived at Valley Parade on a free transfer in June and is likely to start in Phil Parkinson's midfield. 

The 35-year-old was one of a number of new signings to arrive at the West Yorkshire club over the summer. 

Fellow midfielder Nathan Doyle will be pushing for a starting place after his switch from Barnsley as will defender Rory McArdle and former City loanee Andrew Davies, who joined on a permanent deal from Stoke. 

Ex-Liverpool youngster Stephen Darby and former Swindon forward Alan Connell will also be competing for places in Parkinson's first XI.

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