Pompey move ‘worth it’ for Bradley

New Pompey defender Sonny Bradley
New Pompey defender Sonny Bradley
Pompey beat Charlton to help get back on track and must continue to push on. Picture: Joe Pepler

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It’s a long way to Hull and back.

But it was a ‘no-brainer’ for Sonny Bradley to up sticks and make the move from east Yorkshire to the south coast.

The 21-year-old was born and bred in the city, so it was a big decision to make the permanent switch to the other end of the country.

There was never any doubt in the defender’s mind it was the right move to make, however.

The chance to be part of Pompey’s exciting new dawn was too big a chance for Bradley to turn down.

That meant the former Aldershot loanee turning down a number of options closer to home to become part of Guy Whittingham’s first-team squad.

Bradley said: ‘Portsmouth’s a long way from Hull, where I’m from – a five-hour drive.

‘It’s worth it, though. Portsmouth is a massive club.

‘There were other options closer to home but it was a no-brainer coming here.

‘I couldn’t escape the chance to join Portsmouth. I had to come down.’

Bradley knows all about the terrain his new club will face in League Two next season as Pompey start the journey back after falling into the English game’s basement division.

The centre-back got plenty of football under his belt in a loan stint at The Shots’ Recreation Ground last season, which took him to many of football’s backwaters.

Bradley believes it will be a very different type of experience for Pompey’s players and fans alike next season.

And he claims the team’s first away trip to Accrington on August 10 will show them what England’s fourth tier of football is all about.

‘Accrington away is the first one – that will be a be a change for Portsmouth,’ said Bradley.

‘It’s going to be different for Portsmouth – the sooner we can get out of this league the better!

‘But we’ve had a lot of fans at non-league grounds in pre-season and they have been class.

‘If they can do that at each league game this season I think they are going to carry us home.

‘The football in League Two is pretty intense and it does get tough.

‘But you have to have the right players to get through those times.

‘When you do play Saturday-Tuesday it does get to you as the season goes on with the fatigue.

‘You get tired but we have players here with the right attitude.’