Most footballers would view playing for their country to be the pinnacle of their career. New signing Bradley Thomas believes that it has been a distraction where his call-ups for his country have stunted his progress as a player at club level. The 21 year old central defender is a Jamaican Under-23 International, although most of his time on call-up came whilst he was with his one and only previous Football League side Peterborough United.
Speaking to the Western Daily Press Bradley explained: "I didn't really get my chance too much at Peterborough. I was often away with Jamaica, playing for the under-23s. When the chances did come I was always away on international duty, so it was a bit of a killer really. I wouldn't mind being involved (with Jamaica) again but the club has to come first. Hopefully if I am playing well with my club I will get another chance."
Bradley was signed from Conference South side Eastleigh during the January transfer window and he said he had no hesitation in accepting the Glovers offer.
"When it all came about there was no decision to make," Bradley explained. "You just have to say yes. It was always my aim to get back with a pro club and I thought it would happen maybe next season, so I am just delighted it has happened before. I was at Peterborough for six years and I went to Weymouth for a year and ended up at Eastleigh in a semi-pro league. I worked hard there and hoped I would get my chance and now we will see what happens."
Bradley, who has also played for Kettering Town, Heybridge Swifts and Aldershot, has signed an 18 month deal at the club. The WDP reveal that the youngster is using club captain Terry Skiverton as his mentor during his early days at the club.
Thomas said of the Yeovil skipper: "I will just have to learn as much off him as I can. He has already had a couple of chats with me and he has been there, seen it and done it so hopefully I can do the same thing. I am hoping the fans will take to me. A couple of the lads who play at Weymouth used to play at Yeovil - Roy O'Brien and Kirk Jackson. They have always said what a good club this is so hopefully I can do well and say the same thing really."
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