Thursday 22 February 2018

Bradley eyes championship despite soccer deal

Eoin Bradley
Eoin Bradley

Derry sharpshooter Eoin Bradley will not play in the National League this year after signing a contract for Irish League soccer team Coleraine until May.

The classy forward is also skipping the McKenna Cup campaign, but still holds out hope of coming back for the Ulster SFC opener against Donegal, if selected by manager Brian McIver.

"I think I can play both sports but Brian doesn't," said Bradley. "I wouldn't say I've turned my back on Derry -- I'm enjoying it at Coleraine and didn't think it would go so well."

Bradley has scored nine goals in an impressive first season with the Irish League club. The 30-year-old hopes to secure a long-term contract with Coleraine or another Irish League club at the end of the season.

"At this stage of my career there are not many years left. I had to make the decision for myself," the Glenullin clubman explained.

"You get a few pounds and while it's not all about the money, it's nice to get paid for what you're doing.

"I explained the situation to Brian, he understands and said the door is always open. He said if I had done this earlier in my career it would have been better.

"I've played Gaelic all my life -- there's just not as much pressure playing soccer and I'm really enjoying it."

McIver's men start their Ulster championship campaign against the 2012 All-Ireland winners at Celtic Park on May 25.

Irish Independent

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