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After being released by Coleraine, Eoin Bradley says he feels good enough to be still playing for Oran Kearney’s side

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Eoin Bradley wants to continue playing in the top flight after being released by Coleraine

Eoin Bradley wants to continue playing in the top flight after being released by Coleraine

Eoin Bradley wants to continue playing in the top flight after being released by Coleraine

Eoin Bradley insists he still has his eyes set on playing Irish League football next season despite his career at Coleraine coming to an end.

The 38-year-old was informed that his contract won’t be renewed with the Bannsiders, where he has made 222 appearances across two spells at The Showgrounds.

Despite admitting he thought he was going to be offered fresh terms to remain at the club, the ex-Glenavon ace fully understood the reasons behind the parting of ways.

The Glenullin man, who is widely known as ‘Skinner’, revealed that he will take his time before pledging his future to another club.

“To be honest, I thought I was staying on and I still feel good enough to play but Oran has always given younger players a chance and we have the likes of Matthew Shevlin and Kirk McLaughlin at the club who could play for the next ten years,” he said.

“It’s just one of those things where it didn’t work out but I have nothing but fond memories of my time at the club and there were no fall-outs with anybody or anything like that.

“I have made friends for life at the club and I’m sure that friendship will continue.

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“I was treated well by the Board, staff, players and fans, and it was a very successful time as we won the Irish Cup, League Cup and played in Europe.

“I’ve had three or four phone calls from different clubs but I’m going away next week for a wee break and I’ll think about all that then.

“I still want to play in the top flight and be involved in football, as well as obtaining my coaching badges.”

Bradley was unearthed by Kearney from the lower leagues in 2013 and he paid tribute to the striker, calling him “a club legend” for his contribution both on and off the pitch

“Skinner has absolutely been a great servant to Coleraine FC,” he continued.

“I’ve openly admitted to him and others that it was my mistake to let him go back in 2014, but across his two spells, he has been outstanding.

“The second spell in particular, I remember he was signed alongside Ciaron Harkin and it seemed to light a switch as we went on a serious run and he has been a massive part of our success.

“In recent years, we have won the Irish Cup, League Cup, finished runners-up and had some memorable games in Europe and Skinner has been at the forefront of that both on and off the pitch.

“It was a really tough decision and the biggest compliment I can give to him is that there wouldn’t be so much mulling over another player at his age to push and go again.

“The term club legend is used very easily but when you factor in the success we have had in recent years, you can’t deny that Skinner has been a big part of that.

“He has had many big moments in a Coleraine shirt and will be fondly remembered for ‘that’ goal in the Irish Cup final.

“A huge personality both on and off the pitch, Skinner will always be welcome to the Coleraine Showgrounds.”

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