EX-ABERYSTWTH Town striker Tom Bradshaw has joined EFL Championship club Millwall on loan until January, when he will sign for the Lions permanently for an undisclosed fee.
Cambrian News reported “Welsh international Bradshaw, aged 26, left the Seasiders in 2009 to join Shrewsbury Town in League Two, before moving on to Walsall in League One and Barnsley in the Championship.
“I’m over the moon to get this over the line,” said Bradshaw, who grew up in Tywyn.
“It’s exciting times, and I’m extremely proud to be part of a club with massive ambition and goals, and I can’t wait to get going with them.
“I’ve never been involved in a transfer where it’s been on then off, on then off and on again, but this is something that I’ve been keen on since the start.
“As soon as Millwall showed interest, it was a perfect move for me. I’ve played against Millwall a lot of times over the years and it’s a club that I’ve always wanted to be a part of. I can’t wait.
“My aspiration is to play at the highest level I can. I’ve played a lot of years in League One and I feel like I did well at that level.
“Any striker wants to a play at a level where you’re playing against big teams week in, week out.
“It’s a perfect location for me to settle and to enjoy Championship football with Millwall and hopefully pay the club and fans back to what they’re expecting.”
The fee is reported to be in excess of £1m, eclipsing the Lion’s record transfer fee of £800,000 paid to Derby for Paul Goddard back in 1989.
Bradshaw scored 12 goals in 43 matches for Barnsley last season, but was unable to prevent them suffering relegation to League One.
He has featured five times this season, scoring in Barnsley’s 2-0 victory away at Bradford on 11 August.
Aberystwyth received a retrospective fee of £30,000 from Shrewsbury under the FIFA training compensation scheme for Bradshaw, who came through their Academy and featured in the 2009 Welsh Cup Final.
After five seasons at Shrewsbury, he signed a two-year contract with League One side Walsall for an undisclosed fee, and scored 34 goals in 70 games, before joining Championship club Barnsley in summer 2016.
Capped for Wales U19s and U21s, he made his senior Wales debut in 2016, in a 1–0 friendly loss to Ukraine” here.