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Tuffey: We will have to be at our best to deal with old pal Bradley

By Alex Mills

Glenavon goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey admits he's prepared for a physical scrap when Eoin Bradley returns to Mourneview Park for the first time tomorrow.

The striker became a cult figure down Lurgan way, helping Gary Hamilton's boys claim their second Irish Cup success in a three year spell last season.

There were more than a few raised eyebrows when he was allowed to rejoin his former club Coleraine in January. And it's no coincidence the Bannsiders are unbeaten since his return.

Bradley (33) made a quick return to action following a horrific injury sustained when he crashed against a post in only his third game back, which resulted in a punctured lung and cracked ribs. It was reckoned he'd be out for 10 weeks - he was back in five!

"Skinner (Bradley) is a quality player," said Tuffey. "He was fantastic for us and I'm sure he'll get a great ovation from the Glenavon fans."

Coleraine go into the match in the best possible shape - they are unbeaten in 11 matches, having won 10 of them, and are up to fourth, with Glenavon eight points behind in sixth having played a game more.

"Some people may look at it as a dress rehearsal for next month's Irish Cup semi-final, but neither side will be looking at it like that. The cup match will take care of itself," added Tuffey.

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