Date: 15th July 2016 at 5:40pm
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Late last night (and that’ll teach me to log off early and timer a piece for this morning!), Barnsley confirmed the capture of Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw.

It was being reported yesterday that Rotherham United had pulled out after Walsall upped the price past the £500,000 mark, but Barnsley were willing to add the £150,000 requested to make a nice round £650,000.

Gone 8pm last night, the club announced the capture of the 23 year old hotshot for an undisclosed fee, and he comes into Oakwell on a three year deal.

It could be a major signing ahead of the campaign that sees us kick off in the Championship following Play Off promotion last term.

The Welsh international made his debut against Ukraine in March 2016, and could well have been part of their magical trip to France for the European Championships this summer but he was ruled out at the end of the campaign with injury.

The former Shrewsbury Town man moved to the Bescot in the summer of 2014, and he leaves them having made 87 appearances with a return of 40 goals.

Speaking to the Official Site as his capture was announced, head coach Paul Heckingbottom explained.

‘Tom will fit in well with our playing philosophy. We want to play two up front and Tom will add undoubted strength to our strike force. He is a clever player with an eye for goal. I am sure he will become a fans` favourite.’

Bradshaw himself said.

‘I was very impressed with Barnsley last year. The service to the strikers was outstanding. When the chance to join Barnsley came, I jumped at the chance. I like the playing style and I am sure I will fit in. I am raring to go.’

In a wider second interview earlier today, he went on to say.

‘I`m over the moon to get the deal over the line. It`s a massive club. I`m very excited to get started, meet the lads and show them what I can do. I met him (Paul Heckingbottom) for the first time yesterday, he was brilliant. He introduced me into the way they like to play, their philosophy and what he expects from me this season, what he expects from the team, and his masterplan to attack the Championship!’

Having played against Barnsley four times last season, he knows the club and crowd pretty well, and he’s looking forward now to the Oakwell faithful being behind him.

‘Obviously playing here a few times in the last couple of seasons, I know the fans are brilliant, the atmosphere is brilliant and it`s a club I want to represent and play for.’

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