Wed 13 Jul 2022 - 11:08AM
Alex signed too late to feature an interview with him in the newsletters, so we caught up with him ealrier this week to chat to him about his career to date and his hopes and aspirations for Tamworth.
Alex Bradley has made the move to the Lambs and he couldn’t be happier following his spell at Yeovil Town in the National League. Explaining his change from full time to part time football, “It was about my general happiness. “I wasn’t playing a lot in my second year at Yeovil and with all the travelling I wanted to be based at home. “I had a number of offers from higher level teams, but they would have still involved travelling and staying away which I didn’t want. “So to find a club, an ambitious club like Tamworth on my doorstep (Alex is based in Sutton Coldfield) it means that I can enjoy my football again.”
Family friend Scott Rickards had a hand in introducing Alex to Andy Peaks, and after a few conversations and training sessions Alex was ready to put pen to paper. He is very impressed with the quality of the squad and also the training regime,”I was saying to my family the standard of the sessions and the professionalism is as good, if not better than some of the professional clubs I have been at. “The standards expected of you are high and I think we have a very good squad going into the season.”
Alex brings a wealth of experience to the team having started out at West Bromwich Albion at the age of 7 and remaining there until he was 20. While at the Albion he had a loan spell at Burton Albion under Nigel Clough and played 7 games in League 1. He was also selected for the Finland U15, U17 and the U19 team that played at the Euros, which he qualifies for because of his mother. From the Albioin he moved to Lincoln City on a 2 years deal in which the highlight was playing against a star studded Liverpool team in the Carabao Cup. “They had a lot of their first team players playing and it was such a great experience. “When you grow up watching these great players it is brilliant to pit yourself against them.”
While at Lincoln City Alex had a loan spell at Harrogate Town here he met up with 3 former Tamworth players - Simon Weaver, Jame Belshaw and Lloyd Kerry. Alex played 27 league and cup games for Harrogate, scored on his debut and helped them get to the playoffs where they won promotion to the Football League.
A move to Yeovil Town presented itself to Alex following a loan spell from Lincoln City, where he stayed for 18 months playing in the National league. He joins some players he already knows at Tamworth - George Cator, Alex Jones and Cam Howkins, but what are his hopes for the season? “From what I have seen so far, especially in the game against Kettering on Saturday, there is no reason why we can't be up there pushing for promotion with the squad we have got.”
Dave Brown captured Alex in action away at Harborough Town