Bradford striker Hines sets sights on Premier League return

The West Ham academy graduate is hoping that Sunday's Wembley showpiece can help him in his bid to return to the top flight after leaving Upton Park in the summer of 2011
Bradford City striker Zavon Hines is hoping that Sunday's Capital One Cup final can help him in his bid to return to the Premier League.

The former England Under-21s forward turned his back on West Ham, rejecting a two-year contract offer at Upton Park in 2011, but, after the Bantams' fairytale march to Wembley, is hoping that he can revive his top-flight career.

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"I spoke to Sam Allardyce and he offered me a contract, said he wanted me to stay and yet all the while I wasn’t really sure he was going to play me and give me a chance," Hines told reporters.

"He was trying to build a squad to get promotion and I could have been playing in the Premier League now.

"But I just felt at that stage of my career, I had to back myself, go somewhere and play regular games to really push on and become better player.

"I've had a few ups and downs but I’ve never lost my belief in my ability and I still believe I can get back into the Premier League.

"The fact we're playing at Wembley means that a few more clubs will be watching and hopefully I can catch someone's eye. Every game is a chance to catch someone's eye but hopefully Wembley will bring some history and a chance to do that."

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The Bantams are still in the play-off race in League Two and Hines insists that he has no regrets about dropping to the bottom division in search of regular action.

He added: "It's very different in League Two to what it was like at West Ham, playing for the Under-21s and in the Championship.

"The main thing for me is consistency. At the higher level, you have to perform week in and week out. The way we play we should be higher up the league but having played at a few levels has shown me that to succeed you have to be consistent.

"We're all so excited about Wembley. We can make history. That's what drives us on. It'll be the biggest moment of our careers. It will be an incredible experience, a great story.

"We believe we can do it and I believe in my own ability and my ability to get back to the top level. If you don't believe that, there's no point."