Experienced striker Eoin Bradley says he’s thrilled to be reunited with his old pal Gary Hamilton at Glenavon and he’s relishing the opportunity to keep proving the doubters wrong.
‘Skinner’ was deemed surplus to requirements at Coleraine where he notched up 222 appearances across two spells, however he’s looking forward to a new chapter in his career in very familiar and welcoming surroundings.
Bradley has agreed a one-year deal, with the option of another year, at Mourneview Park where he weaved his magic in the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons, pocketing an Irish Cup medal in the process.
A player of his experience and quality naturally generated some interest but the 38-year-old former Derry GAA star can’t wait to shine again in Lurgan.
“I had a few options but I know Gary (Hamilton) well and it’s a great club with plenty of talent there,” said Bradley.
“It’s nice to be wanted and although I’m 38-years-old this is a new challenge for me and it could be a kick up the backside.
“It’s a fresh start after a great time at Coleraine. I was always hungry as a footballer but moving somewhere else feels likes a new chapter and can give you an added bite. Gary was a big reason for rejoining Glenavon. We are good friends but he’s reminded me I’m not here for a stroll, I’ll need to work here and earn my place in the team. I wouldn’t expect anything different.
“Glenavon folk got in touch with me and they wanted me, so I couldn’t go anywhere else.”
The Lurgan Blues may be looking to force their way into the top six but Bradley knows their ambitions are much greater than that.
“I’ve great memories from the Irish Cup win and it’s a well run club with some cracking players,” he added.
“Glenavon are an ambitious club, trying to join the top six and last time I was there we played in Europe and won the Irish Cup.
“They were always a good side who played a nice style of football, hopefully I can add to that.
“We played them last season and they gave us a hammering down in Coleraine.
“On their day, they can beat anyone and I want to contribute. I thought I might stay at Coleraine but it wasn’t meant to be.
“I just ask for a fair crack of the whip. Oran (Kearney) signed Lee Lynch and the game is changed with new formations and I am an older player.
“I don’t have anything to prove but you will always hear people saying ‘that man is done’ and it’s nice to show them I can still do a job.”
Hamilton said: “Skinner was a big part of our success during his time at the club so I’m pleased to have him back on board with us.
“I know he will be a huge asset to the changing room. Eoin will bring a wealth of experience and will give us something different as we head into the new season.”