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Derry exile Bradley fires broadside at McIver

Darragh Small

Published 23/06/2015 | 02:30

Bradley hasn't featured at inter-county level in three years since McIver took the reins in 2012, but said he would still love to be back in the county colours
Bradley hasn't featured at inter-county level in three years since McIver took the reins in 2012, but said he would still love to be back in the county colours

Former Derry All-Star Paddy Bradley has lashed out at manager Brian McIver ahead of Saturday's Ulster SFC semi-final against Donegal.

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The 34-year-old, whose brother Eoin shot five points in Derry's quarter-final win over Down, fears that McIver will be taught a lesson by the Ulster champions in Clones.

And Bradley says he believes he could still do a job for Derry if given the chance - he has not ruled out a return if McIver is replaced after this season.

Bradley is the top scorer in the Derry league this year, with 4-37 in eight games for John Mitchel's Glenullin.

He has not featured at inter-county level in three years since McIver took the reins in 2012, but said he would still love to be back in the county colours.

"I haven't officially retired, I just wasn't picked - you feel that you could still give something," he told Shannonside FM. "But the Derry management have taken the decision that I haven't anything to offer.

"Given the chance I probably would, I'm playing good enough club football. The fact that I had two cruciate knee injuries. . . I was written off too early.

"I made a point in my own head I was going to come back and prove people wrong and I was hoping that I would get the opportunity to play on that stage again but it never came, and probably at this stage it will never come again."

Bradley says manager Rory Gallagher is the trump card for Donegal.

"There is no doubt Derry will pose a good challenge to Donegal," he said.

"Donegal do seem to be a different animal this year but Derry will mirror them in the way that they set up and Eoin and Mark Lynch, if they get them enough ball, are good enough to win frees and kick over a lot of scores.

"The one reason that I see Derry struggling in that game - tactically along the line, this is maybe where Brian McIver struggles.

"Rory Gallagher. . . the Donegal players are raving about him with regards to how tactically astute he is along the line."

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