‘All players need opportunities’ – Imps fans react as 21-year-old leaves Sincil Bank

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Midfielder Alex Bradley left the Imps yesterday, sealing a permanent move to Yeovil, where he has spent the last few months of the current season.

Alex signed for us in the summer of 2019 after a successful trial and was one of the first players to get a trial and be signed as a ‘project player’ rather than an immediate first-team prospect. He didn’t get game time in 2019/20, instead going out on loan to Harrogate Town, starting 20 league games as they were promoted to the Football League.

He came back from that experience focused on penetrating the Imps’ starting XI and for a short while, it certainly appeared that he might do that. He got his Imps’ debut in the 2-1 EFL Cup win against Crewe, before playing an hour of the 1-1 EFL Trophy draw with Scunthorpe United. His final appearance in a Lincoln shirt was against reigning champions Liverpool, playing all 90 minutes as we went down 7-2.

He joined Yeovil on loan not long after and has clearly done enough to prove his worth there, playing six matches from the start and shrugging off an injury over the Christmas period. Penning an 18-month deal, Bradley told Yeovil’s official site: “It feels great to have signed here permanently and to finally be settled. It’s a great club with big history and has very good management, squad and fans. I am very pleased to be a Yeovil player.

“My ambitions for the rest of the season are to play as many games as I can to the best of my ability and to help the team achieve what we are all capable of.”

I didn’t get the chance to interview Alex so I couldn’t speak of his personality but understand he was a respected member of the squad who impressed with his application and willingness to learn over the summer months. What he does need is football, as do a couple of other faces in our squad, and this move affords him some stability and a chance to kick on and develop as a player.

Imps fans have taken to social media to wish him well, noting he didn’t really get a chance to shine but, when you’re top of the league and competition is harsh, that is how football goes.