Conor Bradley, a product of Dungannon Swifts F.C, has signed a professional contract with European Champions Liverpool F.C.
Conor, who turns 17 next month, joined Liverpool F.C in the summer of 2019 initially on a two year scholarship program, but after a spending a year on Merseyside, and impressing for both the club’s U18s and U23s, he has penned a three year deal.
Bradley has also represented Northern Ireland and U16 level where he captained his country to success in the 2018 Victory Shield.
“First of all I am absolutely delighted for Conor and his family at the news of his 3 year professional contract with Liverpool F.C. From an early age it was evident that Conor had a lot of talent. However, many young players can be put into this category as we all know. Thankfully Conor was blessed with a phenomenal work ethic which together with his talent had coaches all across the country and scouts from many Premier League clubs scrambling for his signature.
We were delighted when Conor came to Dungannon United Youth and then Dungannon Swifts and with a very talented team at 2003 age group Conor developed into one of the best players in the country. Liverpool had always been the club for Conor from a young age and this contract is the reward for hard work and talent over the past 12 months. I would like to pay tribute to Ciaran O’Kane who worked tremendously hard with that group of players and on behalf of everyone connected with Dungannon Swifts and Dungannon United Youth we wish Conor every success in the future.“
Head of Youth Development, Dixie Robinson
“When Conor arrived at Dungannon he showed a desire beyond his years. He joined a talented 2003 group and he, along with a few others, became regulars in Terry Fitzpatrick’s U18s and the U20s. His work ethic and ability both in training and games, coupled with the fact a number of clubs were very keen on him, meant it was only a matter of time before he made the move to full time football.
Conor is the epitome of a coachable young player with an excellent outgoing personality and I am delighted to have had worked with him and play a very small part in his development. I have no doubt that these attributes along with his obvious ability will enable him to fulfill his full potential in the game and I wish him every success in the future.”
Ciaran O’Kane, Dungannon Swifts U16 Manager
“I am delighted that Liverpool Football Club have shown faith in me by offering to extend my contract for 3 more years.
I would like to say thanks to the coaches and managers I have worked with in Dungannon United Youth and Dungannon Swifts who have helped me on my journey so far. The club have been very good to me since I first met yous so I want to wish you a good season when you all get the chance to return to play.“
Conor Bradley, Liverpool FC
From everyone at Dungannon Swifts FC, we would like to take the opportunity to wish Conor every success in his football career with his boyhood club, Liverpool FC.