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Returning Eoin Bradley can bring out the best in Jordan Allan

By David Mason

Coleraine ace Eoin Bradley is confident of forming a deadly partnership with strike buddy Jordan Allan.

The 33-year-old has made a sensational return to the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds after a two and a half year stint at Glenavon.

Bradley helped the Bannsiders to a heroic win over title-chasing Linfield at Windsor Park before bagging a hat-trick on his homecoming against Carrick Rangers in the Irish Cup.

Now Bradley is hoping to keep it going in tomorrow's Danske Premiership clash against Portadown at their North West base.

"We've have a couple of great results in my first two games," said Bradley. "The win at Linfield was a massive lift for everyone.

"I don't think anyone could say we didn't deserve it. Yes, Linfield went down to 10 men, but I still thought we were the better team before that."

Bradley appears capable of bringing out the best of 21-year-old Allan - they have now bagged six goals between them.

"Jordan is a great lad to play with," added Bradley. "We've gone with two up top, which helps the team. He said he has enjoyed playing with me and I think we can build up a good partnership. We also have big James McLaughlin, Gary Twigg and James McGonigle, so there is great competition for places."

Bradley admits he his thrilled to be back with the Bannsiders after a successful spell at Mourneview Park, where he won the Irish Cup. And, it doesn't get any better than bagging a treble on his return.

"I'm happy to be back at Coleraine," he added. "I live in Kilrea, so it's only 20 minutes down the road. My young lad is also at the club's academy.

"So it's a win, win situation. Yes, I got three goals last week, which was great. But getting into the next round of the cup was the priority. I've been made really welcome by everyone, so things couldn't be better.

"Our aim is to get into a challenging position for a European place. Niall Currie has signed five or six players and we want to finish as high as possible in this league, so it's a game we must win."

Bradley scored five for Glenavon and has already pocketed three for the Bannsiders.

"I always target 20 at the outset of any season - that was the target at Glenavon," he added. "I managed that in my two years there, so there is no need to change.

"This team can create plenty of chances, so hopefully Jordan and I can carry on what we have been doing."

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