DANIEL Bradshaw says the chance of sustained success was the motivating factor for re-signing with Dederang-Mount Beauty for another season.
The dual Brisbane Lions premiership player is one of a host of key Bombers to recommit, along with former Lavington defender Matt Lee, and co-captains Jason Gentile and Damien Jones.
Bradshaw, 34, who recently cracked the magical 100-goal milestone for the second straight year, said he didn’t hesitate when the Bombers asked him to play for at least another season.
“It was a pretty easy decision,” Bradshaw said.
“Obviously we have got a pretty good list together that is playing some decent footy.
“While the immediate focus is getting the job done this season, if we can hold on to the players we have got, I can’t see any reason why the club can’t have some sustained success and I want to be part of it.
“I was always keen once my AFL career had finished to keep playing back home with my younger brothers.
“That was my main motivation to keep playing — to have a run with them before I got too old to do it.”
Bradshaw missed last week’s top-of-the-table clash against Thurgoona with a back complaint but said it was more a precautionary measure with the finals starting next weekend.
“My body is feeling pretty good,” he said. “I thought my knee could have been a problem but it has been fine and it’s more my back.
“The decision not to play on the weekend was more precautionary than anything.
“I probably won’t play again this week and make sure I’m ready to go for our first final in a fortnight.”
After missing finals for five years, the appointment of coach Marc Almond has sparked a stunning turnaround with the Bombers clinching the minor premiership and flag favouritism.
Almond recently re-signed for next season.
“Marc has probably raised the bar as far as professionalism goes in the Tallangatta league,” Bradshaw said.
“He is a very professional and methodical coach whose passion for the game and coaching is not only infectious for the playing group but also club officials and supporters.
“You can see the effect with how we are going and how well drilled the side is.”
Club president Doug Connors said Bradshaw had been a terrific acquisition for the Bombers, both on and off the field.
“He is a great player and he has been great for the club as well,” Connors said.
“He has really embraced the club and supports the functions.
“He is only too happy to give up his time and has been a good mentor for the kids coming through.”