Tom Bradshaw: ‘I have what it takes for Barnsley’

Tom Bradshaw

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Tom Bradshaw believes he’s got what it takes to bring goals to Barnsley’s Championship campaign.

The striker was snapped up on a three-year deal by the club on Thursday for a fee believed to be in the region of £650,000.

The 23-year-old could feature for the first time in a Reds’ shirt later today as the squad travel to Weston-Super-Mare AFC for their third game of pre-season.

The potent striker is delighted with the move up north and he cannot wait to get started at Oakwell.

“I’m over the moon to get the deal over the line, obviously it’s a massive club and I’m excited to get going,” said Bradshaw, who netted 20 goals for Walsall last term.

“What I bring most is goals, I’m a natural goalscorer and I like getting into the box, getting on the end of crosses, passes, anything to get the ball into the back of the net.

“When I first joined Walsall a copule of years ago I set my target at 15.

“Any striker should look at a minimum of double figures, 15 is a good target and anything over that is a positive.

“I met Paul Heckingbottom for the first time on Wednesday and he introduced me to the way Barnsley play, their philosophy, what he expects from me and the team this season and his plan to attack the Championship.”

The Welshman will once again link up with super striker Sam Winnall, who was the third highest scorer in League One last season behind Will Grigg and Nicky Ajose - with 23 goals.

The dynamic duo played together when Winnall spent a spell on loan at Shrewsbury, and Bradshaw is excited to be reunited with his old strike partner.

“He had a fantastic season last season scoring lots of goals,” added the 23-year-old, who has one international cap for Wales.

“His link up play is brilliant as well and it’s exciting for me as an attacker to link up with him and hopefully we can get some goals together.

“There’s not many in the squad who I know personally but I’m just looking forward to meeting them and becoming one of the boys.”

But the Barnsley boys will have to put up with some weird superstitions in the dressing room.

“I have my routines I need to do before games,” admitted Bradshaw.

“I have to take my own white socks into the dressing room and they have to be cut to a certain length.

“A weird one is I drench myself with a bottle of water before every game, I’m not sure why, it just sort of happened overnight but it works.”

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