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Bradley eager for Slaughtneil opportunity

 

By Declan Bogue

Gerald Bradley is one of the many Slaughtneil men that are facing into - should they be successful on Sunday - four consecutive Championship matches in 28 days.

Man of the match in their hurling win over Dunloy last Sunday, Bradley insists there is no secret formula as they prepare to face Kilcoo in Newry this Sunday in the preliminary round of the Ulster Club Football Championship.

As to how Slaughtneil do it, he shrugs: "You are probably asking this question of everybody this last couple of years, and it's the same sort of answer every time.

"Winning just breeds it. You know yourself if you are winning, it is easier to get back out on the training pitch.

"If we had been beaten it would have been harder to get out and get ready for the football against Kilcoo."

Just to remind us how far they have come, he adds: "We were beat two years ago by Cushendall and we were back out in Ulster against Scotstown, and beat then too.

"Winning breeds winning, so when it comes to things like that, the managers are very cute. They are not busting you, everything is calm, we are not running ourselves (into the ground)."

Bradley is pushing hard for a starting slot, with the footballer having recovered from a knee injury that hampered his involvement.

With games coming every week, he has to wait patiently for an opportunity to show his worth in a competitive training environment, with little time for full-blooded practice matches.

"Mickey (Moran, football manager) and Michael (McShane, hurling manager) say the same things. Their key things are rest and recovery. Fitness, that is the only thing I find hard myself as I can't get my fitness up," he explains.

"But these boys here are playing matches week in, week out."

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