Bradley turned down Championship for Pompey

New Pompey signings Danny East, left, and Sonny Bradley at Fratton Park yesterday
New Pompey signings Danny East, left, and Sonny Bradley at Fratton Park yesterday

Sonny Bradley has revealed he rejected interest from Championship and League One clubs to become part of new-look Pompey.

The central defender yesterday signed for the Blues on a two-year contract from Hull.

He was joined by KC Stadium team-mate Danny East, also on a two-year deal.

Midfielder Romain Padovani was snapped up, too, from Monaco on a busy day for Pompey.

And completing the quartet of arrivals was Yassin Moutaouakil, who penned a one-year contract with a year’s option.

Negotiations for Matty Blair are ongoing, while forward Tom Craddock is also on Guy Whittingham’s radar.

In the meantime, Bradley – who made 48 appearances on loan at Aldershot this season – is delighted with the move.

And he claims the lure of Pompey saw him turn down a host of other clubs.

He told The News: ‘I am not going to name the clubs but I had the opportunity to jump into League One with some decent teams.

‘I would say there were about five or six.

‘There was a bit of a Championship move that maybe I could have done if I waited out.

‘And there were 10-12 in League Two.

‘But it was right here. The contract was right, the people were right, the manager was right – this was me.

‘It was a tough season at Aldershot. There was never two or three weeks where I was happy.

‘The mood in the camp was never happy. It was a hard season but that has gone now.

‘Now I’m at Pompey and I can’t wait to get started and play in front of the fantastic supporters.

‘This club really appealed to me and, when three weeks ago I was told Hull were going to release me, it was where I wanted to go.

‘I’ve been talking with different clubs ever since, but it was Portsmouth who was the right one.’

The 21-year-old Bradley is a 6ft 5in left-sided central defender, already with plenty of experience.

He played 62 times for the Shots during two loan spells over successive seasons.

Bradley also featured twice for Hull in the Championship during the 2011-12 campaign, starting against Millwall.

He rose through the Tigers ranks alongside East, who has also arrived on the south coast.

Also aged 21, East is a versatile performer who can operate in midfield or defence.

He made 19 loan appearances for Northampton in League Two this season, before injury curtailed his time there.

In March, he also had a brief spell at subsequent champions Gillingham.

East added: ‘I couldn’t turn the opportunity down. It’s a massive club and when they approached me I just had to take it.

‘I was out of contract at Hull and needed to play first-team football. Back there I wasn’t, so I was keen to get out and come down here.’