Blackburn Rovers Ladies play London City Lionesses at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium Blackburn Rovers Ladies v London City Lionesses, Women’s Championship football match, Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Preston, UK - 08 Dec 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Manchester City keeper returns to Blackburn Rovers

Young Manchester City goalkeeper Emma Bradley has rejoined former club Blackburn Rovers on a permanent deal according to reports on Rovers’ official website.

The 18-year-old has spent the last two years within the Manchester City academy system but she now returns to Rovers where she previously spent time in the club’s Regional Talent Centre (RTC).

It is understood that Bradley will link-up with the first team at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium and will battle for the opportunity to make her senior footballing debut for Rovers.

The keeper has represented England up to Under-17 level while her performances within the Manchester City academy side were recognised with Bradley having been invited to train alongside the club’s first team goalkeepers Karen Bardsley and Ellie Roebuck.

After completing the capture of Bradley, Rovers boss Gemma Donnelly told the club’s official media sources “I’m really excited to have Emma back at Rovers. She is one of our RTC graduates and opted to move and develop in a different environment at Manchester City. 

“During that time she gained some incredible experience working alongside top professionals and now we have the opportunity to further push Emma along. 

She’s a young but very talented keeper and one that we look forward to working with again.”

Bradley becomes Rovers boss Donnelly’s first signing of the summer. A total of 11 members of last season’s squad have also agreed to sign on at Rovers again for the coming season.

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