Last updated : 24 September 2004 By Pars Mad
Bradley in action for Arsenal Reserves
Irish midfielder Stephen Bradley - a product of the Arsenal youth academy - has joined the Pars on trial in his search of first-team football.

The 19 year-old centre midfielder - capped at every youth level for his country - hopes to joins the ever-increasing Irish contingent which has built-up over the years at East End Park.

After playing regularly for the Arsenal Reserve side last season, alongside the likes of Fabregas, Bentley and Aliadiere, Bradley was released from the London club in the summer after failing to make the break-through to the Arsenal first-team - no disgrace really when you consider who currently occupies the Gunners' central midifield berths.

So far, Bradley has been impressed with what he has seen at the Pars, saying "It seems like a good place here and the lads have been really helpful. I enjoyed it at Arsenal but now I'm really trying to get some regular football."

The good feeling seems mutual, with manager Davie Hay saying "What we've seen of him so far has been favourable."

Bradley was considered a very exciting prospect at Arsenal after the club managed to beat off competition from Man City and Man Utd to sign the 15 year-old midfielder from Irish club Lourdes Celtic for a reported fee of £250k. It was suggested at the time that, when the player turned 17, he would earn a reported £2000 a week.

The Irish midfielder - who can also play up-front - impressed the Arsenal coaches with his quick feet, brilliant vision and his ability to be able to 'see a pass'. Arsenal's youth coaches were, however, worried about his lack of physical presence and decided to let him leave when his contract ran in the summer.