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I'm still relishing life at Glenavon, says Derry ace Eoin Bradley

By Stuart McKinley

Eoin Bradley has moved to assure Glenavon fans that he remains committed to the club after his surprise recall to the Derry GAA panel.

As revealed in yesterday's Belfast Telegraph, Oak Leaf manager Brian McIver has brought Bradley back into the fold after a 12-month absence as he prepares for the 2015 campaign.

It was only last month that Bradley said in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph: "I won't be going back into the county set-up ­- I really don't see that happening."

It was Bradley's commitments to Coleraine last season that got in the way of him playing for Derry.

He moved to Glenavon in the summer and Mourneview Park boss Gary Hamilton has given his blessing to the player's return to the Oak Leaf colours.

"Things happened very quickly. It was about a week and a half ago that I was speaking to Brian McIver," said Bradley.

"He didn't realise that I was only training one night a week at Glenavon. It suited alright to train with Derry on a Tuesday night, train with Glenavon on a Thursday night and then play with Glenavon on a Saturday.

"When the National League starts up I'll be available for selection for Derry and most of the games are on Sundays anyway."

Discussions have taken place between McIver and Hamilton regarding Bradley's availability and commitments and it is understood compromises have been reached that will allow him to turn out for both teams as often as possible in the coming months.

"Gary and Brian have it sorted out," said Bradley.

"It will only affect a couple of home games. I'll be playing for Glenavon on the Saturday and barring anything happening I'll go down the road and be available for Brian.

"If he wants me to play and if I'm fit to play I'll play, but I'll be playing for Glenavon on a Saturday anyway."

Hamilton's role in Bradley's return to the Derry squad has been instrumental, yet he remains a key man in the Glenavon squad and is their joint-leading goalscorer, having hit the net half a dozen times this season in what has been a great start to the campaign for last season's Irish Cup winners.

"It probably wouldn't have happen only for a couple of people. The one person in particular I have to thank is Gary Hamilton and Glenavon, the chairman Adrian Teer for letting it happen," said Bradley.

"At the end of the day I've a contract with them, but Gary knows what I think of the Gaelic and what it means to me. Glenavon let it happen and Gary let it happen.

"I'm really looking forward to it and hopefully it works out well."

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