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Bradley now ready for a new ball game

By John Campbell

The number of dual players at inter-county level – those who can play football and hurling with equal proficiency – has declined substantially because of the demands of modern sport but Derry's Eoin Bradley is bringing a new dimension to this practice.

The Glenullin clubman has put pen to paper for Coleraine FC and expects to make his debut for them shortly.

But he is also gearing up to assist Glenullin in their push for Derry senior championship glory.

The 29-year-old full-forward, who turned in an outstanding performance against Down in the Ulster championship when his side lost at Celtic Park, has had mixed fortunes with injuries of late but is now relishing the prospect of participating in the Irish League.

He sustained a shoulder injury while playing for Glenullin against Kilrea and this was to keep him out of Derry's two All-Ireland qualifier wins when they reversed the tables against Down and cantered past Sligo.

But they subsequently found Cavan too hot to handle and a season that initially promised much disintegrated.

Now a fully fit Bradley is hoping to conquer new horizons in a different code.

"I'm delighted to be joining Coleraine and I'm looking forward forward to playing for them in the league. It will be a new challenge for me," says Bradley who is a brother of veteran Derry attacking ace Paddy.

Coleraine had previously tried to sign Bradley two years ago, but the move was scuppered after he ruptured his cruciate ligament on the eve of Derry's 2011 Ulster final against Donegal which they lost.

Obviously Derry manager Brian McIver will monitor Bradley's move although with the Oak Leaf county not due to go into action until January his availability will not be an issue until then.

He hit Glenullin's all-important goal from a penalty in their impressive 1-11 to 1-10 extra-time victory over Slaughtneil in the Derry championship at Owenbeg on Sunday night.

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