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Tyrone starlet Bradley happy to bide his time for next chance


Mark Bradley, Tyrone

Mark Bradley, Tyrone


Mark Bradley, Tyrone

Rising star Mark Bradley says he'll be content to sit on the bench for Tyrone's qualifier clash with Meath, despite his sensational impact in Sunday's win over Limerick.

The youngster was thrown into the action before the break, and transformed the Red Hands' attacking dynamic with his energy, vision and clever use of possession.

Bradley, a member of the All-Ireland winning U-21 side, is happy to bide his time and take whatever opportunities arrive.

"I'm just looking to help the team any way at all. Like, there's such competition for places, and if you can do anything to help the team at all, it's a positive. If it's off the bench or starting, it doesn't matter. As long as we win, that's the main thing," he said.

The Killyclogher clubman came on after 32 minutes for his third Tyrone appearance. He was also used as a sub in high-profile games against Dublin in the League at Croke Park, and the Ulster Championship defeat to Donegal.

"It was great to get a chance. Any time you get a chance to run out for Tyrone is a dream come true, and it's only happened twice this year," he said.

"Any chance you get, you have to take it; there's 15 other boys dying to get a chance as well, so there's big competition for places.

"I was just trying to get on the ball, get my first touch and get a big of confidence going first.

"You do be nervous coming on straight away, especially in such a big game, and when it was so tight, you don't want to do anything wrong."

The 21-year-old student insists Meath's challenge must be taken seriously, and thorough preparation is essential if the Red Hands are not to become the latest victims in this season of surprises on Saturday week.

"We're going to prepare for it the same we as we have for Donegal, for Limerick, and hopefully we'll keep pushing on," he said.

Irish Independent