Oran Kearney fully focused on Coleraine’s basement scrap

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney won’t allow player transfer talks derail his focus from the club’s basement battle.

Speculation continues to mount over striker Eoin Bradley’s future at the Showgrounds.

Bradley – who comes out of contract in the summer – remains on the radar of Irish Cup finalists Glenavon.

Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton has already spoken to the player over a potential move to Mourneview Park.

Coleraine are keen to retain the services of the Derry GAA star, but manager Kearney says any negotiations can wait to the end of the season.

“The fact is we have four important games coming up, and we are not out of the woods just yet,” he said.

“We have to keep fighting to avoid being dragged into the bottom two positions in the table, so we can’t be distracted by anything else.

“Eoin hasn’t spoken to me about any of the speculation, and I am hearing and reading what everyone else probably has.

“Glenavon made official contact with us and I believe they have spoken with the player.

“But I will wait to the end of the season before I speak to any of my players, not just Eoin.

“We have four big games coming up, starting with Saturday’s derby with Ballymena United, so we are fully focused on that.”

Kearney could be forgiven for wanting this season to end right now.

It has been a frustrating campaign of underachievement from the Bannsiders.

“Frustrating would pretty much sum it up,” he added.

“We are where we are and I can’t wait to see the season out so we can regroup.

“But until we are mathematically safe, then we have to keep fighting and scrapping for every point.

“We are four points ahead of Warrenpoint Town and we have to try and stretch clear.

“Saturday will be tough. We haven’t beaten Ballymena this season. There have been two draws and they won the Boxing Day game.

“The derby has generally been a successful hunting ground for us, but this season Ballymena have held the upper hand.”