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Derry's Bradley moves to Irish League Soccer

The Derry Football Forward has signed a new contract with Irish League soccer side Coleraine and is expect to be part of the team until May. Bradley will miss the entire Allianz League. Bradley has been a major success at Coleraine scoring nine goals in his first full season in the Danske Bank Premiership. The 30 year old was hoping to divide his time between Derry and Coleraine but Derry manager Brian McIver asked him to choose one or the other. The Derry manager has left the door open for Bradley to return to GAA Football.

Bradley will also miss out on Derry's Dr McKenna Cup campaign. He is hoping to return to the squad for their Ulster GAA Football Championship opener against Donegal in May.

Bradley told BBC NI "I think I can play both sports but Brian doesn't, I wouldn't say I've turned my back on Derry - I'm enjoying it at Coleraine and didn't think it would go so well. I explained the situation to Brian, he understands and said the door is always open. He said if I had done this earlier in my career it would have been better. I've played gaelic all my life - there's just not as much pressure playing soccer and I'm really enjoying it."

Brian McIver said on the exit of the Forward "It's obviously disappointing to lose Eoin but we have to accept his decision and move on. Any player's absence is a chance for another to step up."