Monday 19 February 2018

Bradley shelves retirement plan to rejoin Derry squad

Paddy Bradley has agreed to return to the Derry squad just months after walking out in the middle of the championship.

Bradley left the Derry squad two days before they played Carlow in the first-round qualifier at Dr Cullen Park when he learned he would not be in the starting line-up.

At the time, the then Derry manager Damian Cassidy denied that Bradley had walked, but it quickly became apparent that he would not be back and he missed subsequent games against Westmeath and Kildare.

Earlier in the year, Bradley had suggested that 2010 would be his last as an inter-county footballer but new manager John Brennan's invitation to return has been accepted. Bradley's brother, Eoin, has had a 12-month suspension for an incident in a club game halved and should be available for Derry by the end of February.

Brennan has put together a squad of 35 for next season and having Bradley on board is bound to lift the struggling county.

  • Oisin McConville has claimed his Crossmaglen team really didn't know how good they were before their Ulster Club Championship victory over St Gall's last weekend.

"People wrote us off and we would have listened to that and, to be honest, we didn't know how good we were ourselves," he said.

Irish Independent

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