Barnsley: There’s more to come from Reds new boy

Tom Bradshaw
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New boy Tom Bradshaw hopes there’s more to come having opened his Barnsley account on debut.

The striker, who signed a three-year deal at Oakwell last Thursday, proved he still has his scoring touch as he broke his duck during the Reds’ 6-0 thrashing of non-league side Weston-Super-Mare at the weekend.

Although the frontman admitted he didn’t know much about his goal as the ball flew in.

“It sort of just smacked me on the head and went in,” joked Bradshaw, who joined from Walsall for a fee in the region of £650,000.

“I was just happy to get some time on the pitch.

“It’s always tough getting the first 30 minutes under your belt in pre-season, but I’ve done it, I scored and we got a 6-0 win so it’s the perfect start.

“The lads are all young, all hungry and really good footballers and the way the team plays suits me down to the ground so I’m really happy here.”

The Welshman came on in the second half after fellow newbie Stefan Payne produced a perfect 13-minute hat-trick.

Barnsley have strength in depth up front with Bradshaw, Payne and Elliot Lee joining the ranks at Oakwell, as well as Shaun Tuton and star striker Sam Winnall – who scored 23 goals last year.

And Bradshaw believes having players fighting for places can only be a positive going forward.

“I think it’s great for any footballer,” said the Welsh international, who bagged 20 goals for the Saddlers last term.

“We all want to try ourselves at the highest level we can. That’s how you improve with competition for places.

“Each of us will be pushing each other to improve and I think that’s what will happen this season.”

Despite being continuously linked with Belgian youngster Jinty Caenepeel boss Paul Heckingbottom feels he has enough firepower in the squad. Although he admitted he will need it due to Barnsley’s intense style of play and a gruelling Championship schedule.

“At the minute we’ve got a lot of good lads in there and they will all be fighting for a place in training to show what they’ve got and that’s what we want,” said the manager.