Kian Harratt, a striker from Pontefract, says that pressure helps him perform better for Leeds United against Huddersfield Town.

The Pontefract-born striker for Huddersfield Town made his derby debut nearly four years ago when he entered as a late substitute during the Terriers’ 2-0 home loss to Leeds United in December 2019.

During a loan stint at Port Vale in 2021–22, Harratt, now 21 years old, scored at Wembley in the team’s play-off final victory over Mansfield Town, helping Port Vale win promotion to League Two.

Last season, the forward came off the bench to score the game-winning goal in a crucial moment in the team’s historic “Great Escape” from relegation on Good Friday.

It was his first league goal of the season against Watford.

He is now looking forward to possibly making his Elland Road debut as a senior, and Town is hoping to win back some support from the crowd following a tough midweek defeat to Cardiff City.

“I’ve performed in front of large audiences before, but never at Elland Road,” Harratt remarked.

I am thrilled to play at Elland Road because I have participated in this fixture at home before, having made my debut at the age of 16.

I know it’s a huge fixture.

“Pressure improves your performance as a player. At least for me, it does.

I believe that my playing is much better when I’m under pressure than when I’m not.

We needed to win the Watford game, so when I entered and scored, I was overjoyed.”

He went on to say of his development in the previous year, following his early return from a Bradford City loan:

“I am happy where I am at the moment, but there’s always room for improvement.”

“I must express my gratitude to Neil Warnock for providing me with this chance, and to the gaffer for all of his support right now.

“Neil gave you the information you required and was honest.”









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