Boreham Wood have signed young forward Bradley Ash, upon the expiration of his contract with Barnsley.
Ash joined the Wood on loan from Barnsley at the beginning of the 2017/18 season, however, suffered a nasty knee injury, in a friendly against Barnet. The forward has since made a full recovery from his injury and he will join up with his new teammates for the pre-season schedule.
On joining Wood, Ash commented: “I’m really excited to be coming back and I can’t wait for the season to start. My aims are to help get the club promoted and to contribute with goals, assists and good performances in every game.
“I can bring lots of energy, because I like to press and win the ball high up the pitch and I’ll bring bits of quality around the box with goals and assists. I think the way (manager) Luke (Garrard) wants to play is perfect for me and I feel like I can really impress and do well here and help the club get promotion.
“Yeah, I think I showed enough in the little time I was here during pre-season, and I’m thankful of the Chairman and the Gaffer for believing in me and I can’t wait for the season to get started and help the club get into League Two.”
The young forward joined the Tykes in January 2016 from West-super-Mare AFC following an eye-catching debut season in the Conference South, netting 14 goals in as many appearances.
Ash, who has played for England Colleges as well as an England C select XI, spent the 2016/17 season back at Weston-super-Mare on loan, and netted an impressive 19 goals in 34 appearances.
On the young forward, Garrard said: “We had a taste of him last year, although it was only for pre-season, but we knew exactly what he was about and we had done a lot of homework prior to that.
“That hasn’t changed, we know that he is going to be energetic, enthusiastic, that he plays with a tempo and an energy and I am really looking forward to working with him on a full-time basis.
“He stayed in the player’s house, which was a massive thing on our part, because we wanted to make him feel at home. For him to leave Barnsley and want to sign with us on a permanent two-year deal, I think that is a credit to everyone involved at the club.
“He brings a great energy and a togetherness to the group, which is already apparent, and for me, moving forward, I think it could be a massive coup for us.
“You look at his work rate, his energy, and his goal rate at Weston-super-Mare, in the league below, for me, it is only positive.
“He has got an eye for goal, he harries defences and he wins the ball high up the park and that is something in my make-up, that I really enjoy.”