Bradley speaks after Pompey exit

Former Pompey defender Sonny Bradley
Former Pompey defender Sonny Bradley

SONNY BRADLEY paid tribute to Pompey’s fans and promised: Andy Awford is the man to take you up.

The defender yesterday sealed a move to League One Crawley on a two-year deal.

That brings to an end a tumultuous period with the Blues for the 22-year-old.

But Bradley insisted he leaves the club with no hard feelings.

He said: ‘I just want to say thank you to Portsmouth.

‘I’ve had loads of messages from Pompey fans supporting me.

‘There has been one or two people giving me stick on Twitter, but for every one or two of those there has been loads of positive messages.

‘I’ve got nothing but respect for Andy Awford.

‘I think that Portsmouth are going to get promoted next season – and Andy is the man to take them up.

‘It’s a move which is the best one for me and the club.

‘When it comes to football it’s a step up (moving to Crawley), but when it comes to fans and atmosphere it’s a step down.’

Bradley began the season in decent form under Guy Whittingham, but started one game once Awford came into the manager’s role.

‘The first half of the season I was flying, but I found I wasn’t getting as many minutes at the end and wasn’t really in the picture any more,’ added Bradley.

‘I could have stayed at Portsmouth but how much game time was I going to get?

‘The club have got me off the wage bill and picked up a small fee, and I’ve got more of a chance of first-team football.

‘There are no grudges or hard feelings.

‘I’ve got so much respect for the fans and everyone at the club and I wish them all the best moving forward.

‘It’s unfortunate it hasn’t worked out, but I feel positive and have no negative feelings over Portsmouth.’