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Video: Tom Bradshaw pens new Walsall deal

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Star striker Tom Bradshaw has committed his future to Walsall by signing a new two-year deal.

The 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a contract that ties him to the Banks's Stadium until June 2017.

Bradshaw stuck 20 goals in 37 games for Dean Smith's side last season despite being hampered by a hamstring injury for large parts of the campaign.

News of the extension with delight Saddlers fans who had feared their star striker would be sold this summer with only one year left on his previous deal.

"I'm over the moon to sign this extension," Bradshaw said.

"It was a great year for me personally last season and there is no reason why, as a team, we can't be challenging for the play-offs this time around.

"I'm full of optimism and can't wait to get started. We showed against the big teams last year that we can really thrive at this level.

"For me to miss around 20 games through injury but still hit 20 goals was a brilliant milestone, but I realise that I have to do it on a consistent basis and I will be striving to reach those heights again.

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"I've got every faith that we will be up there challenging at the right end of the table.

"It's all about finding that level of consistency and being able to hit the ground running. "And I'm hungry to get more goals."

Manager Smith is now hoping Bradshaw can remain injury free and has challenged the forward to improve on last season's goal tally.

"Tom signing is great new for the club," he said.

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"It's a big season for him, but it's a big season for a lot of them.

"He wants to follow up what he did last season and I think he can get even better.

"He can become more consistent and if he stays injury free he will score a lot more goals.

"We're hoping those hamstring injures are now firmly behind him. He has done a lot of work with the fitness coaches so hopefully he can have a full season.

"He's got no worries at all, he is a confident lad after doing what he did last year and he's merited this new contract."

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