Shayne Bradley

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Shayne Bradley is an English centre forward was born in Gloucester on 8th December 1979. Bradley signed schoolboy forms with Southampton on his 14th birthday, having starred at Gloucestershire schools. Bradley earned comparisons with Alan Shearer as a youngster due to his powerful physique, but failed to live up to his potential. The striker made his Saints debut as a late substitute in a 1-0 defeat at Everton on 12th December 1998. He made two further cameo appearances for Dave Jones' side during the 1998/99 season before being loaned to Swindon in March 1999. Bradley played seven times for the Robins, but failed to score.

Bradley made what turned out to be his final Southampton appearance on 21st August 1999 in a 4-1 defeat at Everton. In September 1999 he joined Division 3 outfit Exeter on loan for two months, where he scored once, before being sent off in an FA Cup tie against Eastwood.

On 22nd August 2000 Bradley signed for Mansfield. He scored his first goal in his third outing in a barnstorming 4-4 draw with Macclesfield. Bradley then endured a bit of a baron spell, before hitting form in the second half of the 2000/01 season. The former Saints man ended the campaign with 8 goals to his name. In 2001/02 he helped Mansfield win promotion to Division 2, forming an effective partnership with Chris Greenacre. The Stags changed manager mid-way through the season. New boss Stuart Watkiss didn't always see eye to eye with Bradley, who also suffered a dip in form due to injury.

Bradley missed the first half of the 2002/03 season through injury. He eventually had his contract paid up, before entering a war of words with Watkiss. Bradley had a short stint with Eastwood, before making a controversial switch to Mansfield's local rivals Chesterfield. He made a good start, scoring twice in his first three games. Things turned sour on 18th January 2003, when Bradley was sent off for spitting at Rhys Day in a 2-1 home defeat to former club Mansfield. He would make just three further appearances for Chesterfield, before a brief stay at Lincoln in March 2003. Bradley was forced to retire in the summer of 2003, succumbing to a series of injuries. After hanging up his boots Bradley returned to Gloucester, working as a coach at youth level in local football.