Tuesday Jul 7, 2015

As Dan Bradley prepares for a fourth season with Alfreton Town, the midfield man says there is a definite buzz about the place as the club rebuild after being relegated at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

Bradley has never played at Vanarama National League North level before but he is totally unfazed as a new-look squad begins to gel together.

“Yes I would have liked to have stayed in the top division but I don’t want to jump ship and all I want is to do well for the club" he said.

“Last season is one best forgotten. One of the problems last year was there was little camaraderie, it certainly wasn’t as good as it could have been, and I think that showed in some of the performances.

“This time around, there is a whole different feel around the place and I like the looks of the new signings. There will certainly be plenty of energy about the team and you can there is a lot of hunger about the place, a lot of players have come in wanting to do well.

“Last season people turned up for training, this year people want to turn up and that is a big, big difference.”

As with last summer, Bradley has once again been the centre of attention from other clubs but he has chosen to remain loyal with Alfreton.

“A move to Lincoln was close to happening” said Dan. “But I spoke to Wayne (Bradley), Nicky (Law) and Russ (O’Neill) and overall it didn’t feel right and I am very happy to be here."

Dan also has his eyes on the captaincy of the club and he was put in charge for the 4-1 win at Buxton last Friday.

“The gaffer spoke to me about it and he is fully aware that I would like it. I wanted to stay with the club and it is something I wanted. “What happened last season opened my eyes. The best captain I have played under was Darren Kempson and I think if he had been here we would have stayed up.

“Being captain and the responsibility it brins is something I would relish and I will just have to see whether it happens for me” ended Bradley.

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