Former Southampton striker comes out of retirement to help Tuffley’s survival bid

Tuffley Rovers have recalled on a familiar face to aide their big to avoid relegation in the Hellenic Premier, by tempting striker Shayne Bradley out of retirement.

Bradley, who called time on his career for a second time at the end of last season re-joined his former side in the week and came off the bench for the final 15 minutes of their 3-1 win against Bourton Rovers in the Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup yesterday afternoon. 

The former Southampton & Mansfield Town man admits that he hasn’t come out of retirement to be the main man for Tuffley and is happy to do a job for a young Rovers team who currently find themselves second from bottom with just three league wins all season. Speaking to Severn Sport about his comeback, Bradley said:

“I’m back for the rest of the season. I’ll probably be a bit part player which is okay with me but I think Pritch [Tuffley manager Mark Pritchett] just wanted my influence in the dressing room and on the touchline etc. 

We have a very young side and they are clearly struggling, it is there to see. I was asked if I was interested and I couldn’t say no to the Rovers. You and everyone locally know me, I’m a bit of a Tuffley die hard. I enjoyed my 15 minute cameo yesterday and hopefully we can build from a big win.” 

Bradley rejoins Rovers 8 months after initially calling time on his career

Yesterday’s game wasn’t the first time the Tuffley faithful would have seen Bradley on the touchline this season, as he was in the dugout for Rovers manager Mark Pritchett during Tuffley’s 3-1 win over Longlevens back in September.

Bradley will be eager to chip in with a few goals for a Tuffley side without a league win since their 6-1 victory of Virginia Water in October. During his original swansong year Bradley still scored 12 goals in a Tuffley side that finished midtable after a strong end to the season and will offer Rovers a different option up front to former Gloucester City man Lee Smith. 

Shayne Bradley will be joining us on the next episode of the Severn Sport Night In on Friday 7th December to discuss his comeback and his targets for Tuffley this season.