It’s not often a player makes his international debut and gets a free transfer at the same time but that was the experience of Rotherham United defender Mark Bradley.
The club who let him go, Walsall, just happen to be Rotherham United’s opponents on Saturday and so it is rather understandable that the 25-year-old would love the opportunity to go back to his former club as the Millers seek to extend their unbeaten league run.
It was three years ago that, having been a regular at Under 21 level for Wales, Bradley got a call up to the full Welsh squad and after being an unused sub in one game, got an appearance in Croatia in midfield with Luka Modric amongst the opposition.
However, that same summer, Walsall had given him a free transfer to make it a bitter sweet few weeks.
He came to Rotherham as a midfielder but it is as a utility defender, though essentially as a right back, that he has secured a place in Steve Evans’ side.
However, a doubt over a playing return to his former club this weekend centres on the fact that he hasn’t got the right back spot right now!
A groin injury suffered at Notts County saw him miss out for the Sheffield United game and summer signing Richard Brindley come in and kept the shirt for last Saturday’s win over Oldham Athletic although Bradley was fit and on the substitutes’ bench.