The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

TOM BRAD­SHAW plun­dered 20 goals last sea­son and al­ready has a hat-trick to his name this term – so it is no sur­prise that he has a num­ber of suit­ors.

But Wal­sall boss Dean Smith is adamant it will take a head-turn­ing bid for the striker to leave the club.

The Sad­dlers re­port­edly turned down a bid from League One ri­vals Swin­don this week and, with Brad­shaw hav­ing signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion un­til 2017 back in June, they are un­der no pres­sure to sell.

“I think the club have shown their in­tent by get­ting Tom to sign a new con­tract and I think Tom has shown his as well,” said Smith.

“We are at that stage now where if any­one comes in for Tom then it is go­ing to take a hell of a lot of money, be­cause it would take a hell of a lot of money to re­place him.”

Brad­shaw will have to go some to bet­ter last year’s im­pres­sive 20-goal haul for the Sad­dlers. But af­ter the striker notched a classy hat­trick in the 4-3 Cap­i­tal One Cup vic­tory over Not­ting­ham For­est, Smith is con­vinced that his star man can do just that.

He added: “I be­lieve Tom will go on and sur­pass his goal-scor­ing record from last sea­son, be­cause I think he is a much bet­ter player, which is say­ing a lot.”

GOALS: Tom Brad­shaw

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