Sunday 22 October 2017

Soccer contract ends Bradley's Derry career

Eoin Bradley won't be playing in a Derry jersey this summer after signing a contract to play soccer for Irish Cup champions Glenavon. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Eoin Bradley won't be playing in a Derry jersey this summer after signing a contract to play soccer for Irish Cup champions Glenavon. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Brian McIver has closed the door on Eoin Bradley returning to the Derry squad for this summer's championship.

The forward missed Derry's league campaign due to soccer commitments with Coleraine but was expected to return to the squad ahead of the Ulster championship tie with Donegal on Sunday.

However at last night's media briefing in Owenbeg, McIver ruled out any possibility of the Glenullin star playing in an Oak Leaf jersey this summer – and also revealed that James Kielt is a major doubt for next week's game with a groin injury.

The Derry manager indicated that Bradley's decision to sign a two-year contract with Irish Cup champions Glenavon last Friday effectively ended his GAA inter-county career.

"Eoin has signed a two-year contract with Glenavon, and I think the soccer went better for him than he envisaged being the case," said McIver. "To be fair to him I think he, and myself, thought he would play a bit of soccer over the winter and then return to the Gaelic but it went very well for him.

"It was always going to come down to whatever he was doing next year and once he signed for Glenavon, that more or less drew a line underneath that (returning for Derry)."

Irish Independent

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