The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Isaac Wil­liam

BRIS­TOL City striker Sam Bal­dock is con­vinced the fu­ture is bright at Ashton Gate.

City have been re­vived un­der Steve Cot­ter­ill with Bal­dock’s goal drag­ging them away from dan­ger.

He said: “Rel­e­ga­tion was tough to take last sea­son and then this sea­son was just as hard, be­cause no one ex­pected us to strug­gle like we did.

“But there have been a lot of changes since Steve came in and re­sults and per­for­mances have im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly.

“For the first time since I signed, there is an air of op­ti­mism about the place and the play­ers are ex­cited about the fu­ture. It has made a big dif­fer­ence to our work­ing en­vi­ron­ment and I can hon­estly say I’m en­joy­ing ev­ery minute of it now.

“Now we’re creep­ing up the ta­ble, we can be­gin to think about next sea­son, and our style of play and how we are go­ing to go about things.

“The re­cov­ery we have made this sea­son will def­i­nitely give us a plat­form to do bet­ter next year. There are bound to be a few changes in the sum­mer. The man­ager made some in Jan­uary and I would imag­ine some of those he wanted were not avail­able back then, but will be in the sum­mer.

“We don’t know what his plans are, but we are all look­ing for­ward to push­ing on.”

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