Boost for Derry as Bradley's ban is halved to 24 weeks
NEW Derry football boss John Brennan has received a big pre-season boost with the news that Eoin Bradley has had a proposed 48-week ban halved on appeal.
It had been recommended that the Glenullin star get a 12-month suspension arising from an altercation with a referee in a club game, but after a hearing his ban was reduced to 24 weeks.
That means the forward could take some part in the 2011 National League, which will be a big fillip for Brennan, who has taken over from Damian Cassidy.
Bradley's older brother Paddy dropped out of the county panel last summer after he was left out of the starting line-up to face Westmeath. With a big ban hanging over Eoin, it looked as though the Oak Leaf County were going to be without two of their best forwards next year.
Last week Brennan, indicated that he would be doing everything in his power to get both men back in his panel, describing Eoin as "a remarkable player" and Paddy as "the best forward that Derry has produced in a long, long time."
"They are quite entitled to say to me what they want and how they feel about things and I just hope the both of them will be on board," said Brennan, who is insistent that Derry have the talent to compete for major honours and indicated that they will be targeting league success to start with.
"People are of the opinion that the talent is not there, but I don't totally agree," he said. "I've a big job in hand to identify the talent I can add to the squad and there will be probably be those omitted from the present panel, but we're looking forward with confidence."