Australian Four Four Two - - GOING FOR GOLD -

Con­grat­u­la­tions, Bradley: you’ve been named our League One Player of the Sea­son. What’s been the key to your suc­cess in 2015-16? My suc­cess is down to the staff and the other play­ers at Gilling­ham. Without them, what I’ve been able to do this sea­son wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble. We’ve had a good sea­son, and have been in the top four since our first game against Sh­effield United.

You’ve scored more goals this sea­son than any other – what’s made the dif­fer­ence?

The gaffer [Justin Ed­in­burgh] has given me a lot more free­dom than I had last year and that has def­i­nitely helped me. He has played me in that No.10 role; this is the first sea­son I’ve had that much free­dom. In the past I’ve been moved out to the left or the right to ac­com­mo­date the for­ma­tion. The man­ager is putting a lot of faith in me and is play­ing me in my best po­si­tion, and I think ev­ery­one can see the ben­e­fits of that. I’ve also got a lot fit­ter this year, which has al­lowed me to get into the penalty area, cre­ate and score more goals. The gaffer said he wanted me to get into the box more; he thought I could have got a few more goals last sea­son so he said he wanted me to build on it. That’s what I’ve done.

Which of your goals has been your favourite so far in this cam­paign?

It’d have to be one against Sh­effield United in the first game of the sea­son. We won 4-0 and prob­a­bly put a marker down. It was the last minute and nor­mally I would keep the ball in the cor­ner, but we were 3-0 up so I opted to have a go. I cut in­side from the left and man­aged to bend it into the top cor­ner. You’ve been la­belled ‘the League One Frank Lam­pard’ by some Gilling­ham sup­port­ers. What do you make of that com­par­i­son? It’s lovely to hear that. I like to half-base my game on Frank Lam­pard’s – what he has done in his ca­reer has just been un­be­liev­able. To get 20-plus goals ev­ery sea­son in the Premier League for years is un­be­liev­able for a mid­fielder. If I can have half the ca­reer he’s had, then I’ll have done all right.

Is it true you had the chance to play cricket for Kent when you were younger?

Yeah, it was when I was 13 or 14. They saw me play­ing in a school game and in­vited me for a trial. I was en­joy­ing cricket and at the time things weren’t go­ing well at my football club, so I didn’t know what to do. But I de­cided not to go, and put my head down and con­cen­trated on football. I some­times play cricket in the sum­mer – not to a com­pet­i­tive stan­dard; just for fun on a sunny day. Around the same time, you were re­leased by Charl­ton. Was that some­thing that has helped to drive you on? Ab­so­lutely. To get that bad news when I was only a kid knocked my con­fi­dence back quite a lot. I re­turned to play­ing Sun­day League football with my pals, be­cause I just wanted to start en­joy­ing my football again. That’s when Gilling­ham saw me and picked me up. Af­ter that, I made it my goal to prove peo­ple wrong at Charl­ton, and I’m well on my way to do­ing that now.

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