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Lee Bradbury on Bradley and Wood's arrival

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By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Following the debuts of loan signings Alex Bradley and Will Wood yesterday, Hawks boss Lee Bradbury has given us the run down on two exciting young talents who come to Westleigh Park to both gain them experience in first team football and add more talent to the crop already assembled.


Alex Bradley was the first of the two signings whose arrival was announced on Friday and the Hawks gaffer is looking forward to the prospect of working with the Finnish Under 20 International.


“He played at the Euro U19 Championships in the summer who’s joined us on loan from West Brom. He’s an attacking midfielder with good feet, travels with the ball very well and will bring energy to the team.


I feel we’ve missed Wes Fogden in recent weeks and I want to try and replace that, and Alex will bring that youthful quality to us as well.”


The second of the duo was announced prior to kick-off yesterday as Accrington Stanley starlet Will Wood joined the Hawks nest in a similar loan deal until January. With ten years involved in the academy at Southampton, he’s a player that has been on the radar of the Hawks boss.


“He’s a left back, left wing back and with Rory out at the moment, who’s going to be another two/three weeks, he will give us the opportunity to have some natural balance in the team.


Wing backs are our width when we play them, and we need some natural players that can play inside and put some crosses in the box for the likes of Alfie Pavey and Nicke Kabamba, so it will give us a good balance and some good options on the pitch.”


The loan pair are two players coming from clubs thriving in the Championship and League 1 respectively, and the gaffer believes being at this level has helped massively as he can turn to his contacts and use them to more effect than he could previously.


“I’ve always had good contacts in the game, but it’s never always been a case of them wanting players to go to the level (National South/Ryman).


Now it is a case that we can attract them to The National League and it’s fantastic for me to be able to open up the diary and look to see where we can strengthen, and those people are willing to help now and that’s a real plus.”

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