Bradley wants to stay and believes previous style hampered Crawley Town

Sonny Bradley wins the ball for Crawley Town against Oxford United, 9th April 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160904-183836008
Sonny Bradley wins the ball for Crawley Town against Oxford United, 9th April 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160904-183836008

Sonny Bradley believes a change in style will lead to more ‘open’ and ‘exciting’ football at Crawley Town but stressed the side need to be fitter and stronger.

The 24-year-old captain, who is out of contract in the summer, has revealed he wants to stay at Reds and thinks new head coach Dermot Drummy will have a positive impact on the League Two side.

The former Portsmouth defender disclosed he has had ‘positive’ talks over his future at the club, with Drummy also saying he is part of his plans.

Bradley fully admits Reds have not been good enough at times this season, but believes the previous style of play under Mark Yates hampered them.

He said: “At times this season, we have been poor. We have been poor at home and we have been poor away. The style of play, this is no disrespect to the previous manager, hasn’t helped anyone.

“Even when we have been beat 1-0, we haven’t created many chances. I think on Saturday it will be a style of play that is enjoyable and to get a result.

“You are going to go through the season when you have been beaten, but I think it’s important for the fans to know you have given 100 per cent.

“Although this season we have had some bad results and we have been beaten seven on the spin, but every game I can say for myself and the players I have played with, have given 100 per cent.

“I have no doubt about that, but the style of play could sometimes be quite direct and I think the fans saw that and it might come across that we aren’t trying and that’s not the case.

“Dermot has touched on it that we are going to have a style of play that is enjoyable to watch and I think by doing that the fans will see that and realise we are giving it a go.

“It’s completely different. Every manager has their own philosophy and their own ways of playing. Dermot compared to Mark Yates is completely different.

“He wants us to play with a bit more freedom and express ourselves a little bit more, so I think games will be slightly more open. In that sense, more entertaining.

“Under the new manager and I think we can express ourselves more and play with a bit more freedom. I think if we do that, for everyone, the fans and the players, it will be more enjoyable and we can get more results.

“I think moving on as we train more with Dermot’s style (it will improve) as we need to be fitter and we need to be stronger. We want to play that style of football.

“We kept it up for 45 minutes (at Dagenham) which was tough, but football matches last 93 minutes, you have to be fit enough and strong enough to play at that level for 93 minutes.”

Bradley has previously played under Reds’ new assistant boss Matt Gray at Aldershot and has faith in the new coaching set-up.

On his own future, he revealed: “I have had a brief chat with the manager, a very positive chat.

“So far I haven’t spoken with the owners and nothing has been put in front of me at the minute.

“The manager has told me he wants me to stay and I want to stay, but until I have signed anything it’s up in the air.

“In four months going forwards I think there will be a lot of changes. How it is now will be the past and the way the club is run will completely change. I have full faith in the manager and I think it will be positive.

“It was disappointing to see the manager get sacked, but that’s part of football these days. I think the lads were in shock, really, because with so little time in the season left we didn’t expect that to happen.”

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