COMEBACK kid Mark Bradley does not know whether he has a future at Rotherham United.
Last summer, Millers manager Andy Scott placed the central midfielder on the transfer list and told him he was free to find another club.
But the Welsh international knuckled down in training and fought his way back into the first-team picture. He had made five appearances in the 2011/12 campaign before suffering a serious shoulder injury in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to Sheffield United in October. Bradley dislocated his shoulder and the problem, which required surgery, kept him out of action for almost four months.
Following a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Bradley was restored to the starting line-up in the 3-2 defeat at Dagenham and Redbridge last weekend.
The 24-year-old, in the last year of his contract at Rotherham, insists his immediate focus is to cement his spot in the side and play as many games as possible.
He told The Star: “I still think I am on the transfer list so it is a strange situation. I don’t really like to go in and knock the door down and ask what’s happening but the manager has not really said anything to me.
“I’m not sure what’s going to happen. I think it will depend on how many games I play. If I get a few games under my belt, we will see what happens. I am just concentrating on playing games, playing as well as I can and show the manager what I can do.”
In the capital, Bradley was preferred in the right-back position to Dale Tonge. Although he is primarily a midfielder, Bradley’s services have also been utilised at centre half.
He joked: “I think I have only not played in goal, left-back and up front!”
Of being deployed in the right-back berth, Bradley said: “I had not played at right-back for a long time. I think the last time I played there was in the Victory Shield for Wales when I was 16. It was live on Sky and we beat Northern Ireland 3-0 at Gillingham’s ground.”
Scott decided to throw Bradley back into the team despite the former Walsall player having played just one practice match.
Bradley said: “It felt good to be back playing again; it was just a shame about the result. I worked hard to get my fitness levels back to what they were at before and the fitness team have been really helpful at Rotherham. The fitness coaches and the physio were great with me. They have kept me in good shape and I’m grateful to them for all the work they have done with me.
“I didn’t expect to start if I am being truthful but I was ready to play and obviously delighted to get the nod. I will play anywhere. I just want to play football.”