Both Conor Bradley and Liam Scales have sealed loan moves ahead of the 2022-23 season today, with Liverpool youngster Conor Bradley joining Bolton Wanderers and Scales joining Aberdeen.
Tyrone native Bradley made five appearances for Jurgen Klopp's side last season and the decision has been made for the 18-year-old to go out on loan in search of regular football.
The right back made his Liverpool debut against Norwich in a Carabao Cup tie last season and also played in FA Cup and Champions League games. Bradley's impressive season with the U23s resulted in him being nominated for Premier League 2 Player of the Year.
Bradley has earned eight caps already for Northern Ireland and featured in two of their Nations League fixtures last week.
Conor Bradley has joined @OfficialBWFC on a season-long loan.
Good luck, Conor 👊
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 21, 2022
Liam Scales seals Aberdeen loan
Aberdeen themselves have brought in a defender of their own in Liam Scales. The Wicklow man joins the club on a season long loan from Celtic.
Scales joined Celtic for a fee around €600,000 last summer and despite impressing in many of the games he featured in, the versatile defender found first team opportunities dry up in the second half of the season.
⚖️ Welcome to Aberdeen, Liam Scales!
🔴 The defender has joined us on a season long loan from Celtic.
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) June 21, 2022
The former Shamrock Rovers man made quite the impact during his debut for Celtic, netting this goal against Dundee United.
DEBUT GOAL 🟢
What a moment for Liam Scales! 👏
Dundee United 0-3 Celtic
📺 Watch live on Sky Sports Football pic.twitter.com/AHokqEzAYe
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) December 5, 2021
Liam Scales made 13 appearances in all competitions for Ange Postecoglou’s side last season but failed to feature after February.
Jim Goodwin expects Scales to be a great signing for Aberdeen and admitted that he had been trying to sign Liam for a number of years.
"Liam is a player that I have been trying to get for the last couple of years,
"I watched him very closely during his time at Shamrock Rovers, unfortunately I couldn’t get a deal done. Liam has already amassed nearly 200 appearances in senior football. He’s a strong character with a winning mentality, who will no doubt be a great addition to the squad.
"He is coming in as a left sided centre half, which is the position I saw him play regularly for Shamrock Rovers, and the one we believe is his best position. He is aggressive, mobile, very comfortable on the ball and he has all the qualities you would want in a modern-day centre back."
There's no doubt that regular football is exactly what these players need to make sure they both reach the potential that they have shown in recent years.