Derry GAA forward Eoin Bradley has signed a two-year contract with Irish League side, Glenavon, resulting in an exit from Derry GAA’s football panel.
Although the contract doesn’t bar him from competing in gaelic games this summer, the Irish Daily Star reported on Wednesday that Derry county manager, Brian McIver, said that Bradley’s return to the set-up was conditional on the 30-year-old committing solely to the GAA. Bradley remains intent on continuing to play games with his club side, Glenullin.
The powerful forward has opted for the move to Association Football with the Lurgan outfit on foot of his successful spell with Coleraine last season, where he scored 12 times from midfield. That level of performance attracted the attention of Glenavon, as well as affecting the player’s decision to continue his soccer career at the expense of Derry involvement.
Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton has welcomed his “energy and drive from the middle of the park”, and said he is “delighted” that Bradley has signed on the dotted line for two years with the Mourneview Aces. “He’s a player I’ve admired for a long time, and his goals will be a real bonus”, the player-manager added.
Brian McIver will now have to plan without the Glenullin man’s services for his side’s much anticipated Ulster Championship opener with Donegal at Celtic Park at the end of the month.
Derry outperformed expectations in their recent Allianz Football League Division 1 campaign, finishing runners-up to Dublin, in the round robin portion of the competition, winning four out of their seven games.