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John McDougall

Michael O'Neill outlines plans & verdict on Bolton's Liverpool loanee Conor Bradley future

Michael O'Neill believes Bolton Wanderers loanee Conor Bradley will be a 'big part' of Northern Ireland's future.

Bradley is currently spending the season on loan at the Whites from Premier League side Liverpool. He has cemented his place in the Bolton starting team at right wing-back.

The 19-year-old is a fully fledged Northern Ireland international, with 10 caps under his belt. The defender is a player O'Neill has been aware of for a long time.

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O'Neill has returned for a second spell as Northern Ireland boss, after his first time in charge ran from 2011 to 2020. He believes the Wanderers youngster will be a big part of Northern Ireland going forwards.

O'Neill said : "I was well aware of Conor Bradley even from the point of when he was in the Victory Shield squad here and had seen him play. His progress at Liverpool, I've always kept an eye on how he's doing.

"His loan at Bolton has been very successful so he's done extremely well. The only game I attended since I left (Northern Ireland) was the Greece game here in the Nations League in June and he played that night, so it was nice to see him obviously start at international level as well. I think everyone knows that Conor's going to be a big part of things going forward."

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