BRAD Maylett played for Burnley between 1998 and 2003 making 45 appearances.
A Manchester lad through and through he did live in Burnley during his time with the club and built up a strong bond with the club and area although his roots are firmly embedded in Ancoats, Manchester – just a few miles back down the M66.
He went on to play for Swansea and Fleetwood Town along with a number of non-league clubs including Boston United, Northwich Victoria, Leigh Genesis and Rhyl.
Primarily a midfielder, 34-year-old Brad looks back on one of the biggest moments of his career when an £800,000 plus bid came him for him from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“I wanted to go,” said Brad, a staunch Manchester United supporter, “but Stan Ternent, then Burnley manager, persuaded me to stay at Turf Moor.
“He said ‘what do you want to go to a club like Wolves for anyway’ and pledged to match what they were offering me and generally looked after me very well.
“It was just the Kudos attached to being a near million pound player really and the Wolves name and traditions – but then again I was already at a club with a massive name and history.”
Brad was on Manchester United’s books as a youngster and nothing will make him give up his season ticket at Old Trafford despite his strong links with other clubs, primarily the Clarets.
“It’s a great atmosphere. My seat is in the area right next to the away fans which just adds to it all.”
Brad puts just as much enthusiasm into his appearances for the VCs and being one of the younger members of the squad alongside the likes of Dennis Hill, his big mate Alex Kevan and Jon Borland the future looks bright for Brad and Co and the VCs in general.