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Bradley Edward Wright-Phillips

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Born: 12/3 1985
Birthplace: Lewisham
Nationality: England (0/0)
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Position: Striker

Playing Record:

Season: Club: App Gls App Gls App Gls
2004-2005 Manchester City 14 1 1 0 2 0
2005-2006 Manchester City 18 1 5 0 0 0
2006- Southampton 39 8 2 0 3 3
Total: 61 10 8 0 5 0

Bradley is the brother of City's England international Shaun and the son of Arsenal legend Ian Wright. The former Academy player is described by City Manager Kevin Keegan as a natural born finisher. He was handed his debut at the City of Manchester Stadium in September 2004 when coming on at half-time in the 7-1 Carling Cup drubbing of Barnsley. A couple of months later he was given his first outing in the Premiership against Middlesbrough. Within three minutes the 19 year old showed his goalscoring instinct turning in the box to claim his first goal in the top flight.

Manager Kevin Keegan was delighted with his debut, "He has that ability to score goals and is probably a better finisher than his brother, Shaun. "But Shaun is just a bit stronger than him at the minute and gives us more box to box. "The beauty of him is that he doesn't need to be taught how to finish. He is a real predator, a natural goalscorer and he reminds me of his dad, Ian. He still needs to learn but he is going in the right way." Towards the end of the year he signed a new contract with the Blues that will keep him at COMS until 2007. "There was never any question of me wanting to go anywhere else," Bradley said. "This contract gives me more time to progress and that is very important."

According to sources inside City Bradley was the main reason why his brother Shaun was signed in the first place. When the City management learned that they could get both sons of Ian Wright, they jumped on the case. However, unlike Shaun, Bradley never really managed to show his potential at City and during the summer clear-out of 2006, Stuart Pearce let him go to Southampton for a nominal fee. Only one league start and 2 goals from 32 matches was not enough to convince the new manager.

Provided by: Svenn A. Hanssen, svenn@hanssen.priv.no