Stratford Town capable of winning trophies this year, says latest addition Bradley Johnson
NEW signing Bradley Johnson is confident Stratford Town have the ability to challenge for silverware this season.
The 26-year-old central midfielder has high hopes for the Bards ahead of the 2021-22 Southern Premier Central campaign, which is expected to get under way on 14th August.
And while the paramedic believes the club has what it takes to challenge for honours this year, he’s also set himself a few personal targets.
“I can’t see any reason why we can’t be pushing for silverware,” Johnson told the Herald.
“When Jed [McCrory – chairman] told me about the club’s ambitions and where they want to be in a few seasons, it was a no-brainer to join.
“Naturally I’m a central attacking midfielder, but after speaking to Jed it looks like I’m going to be more of a central midfielder in the No. 8 role.
“My hope for the season ahead is to score loads of goals and get plenty of assists.
"When I was playing for my local team last season I scored 21 goals and got 13 assists playing slightly further forward than a central midfielder.
“Hopefully I can chip in with some goals and assists for Stratford throughout the season.”
Despite being based in north Yorkshire, the former Manchester City player already feels at home at the Arden Garages Stadium.
“When Jed spoke to me I thought I definitely have to come down to see what the club was all about. As soon as I arrived I saw the club’s fantastic facilities and brilliant pitch,” said Johnson, who has represented England at U16, U17 and U18 level.
“It already feels like home and I can’t wait to get started.”
Johnson started his footballing journey at the age of six when he was at Newcastle United. After four years with the Magpies, he was released at the age of ten.
He then joined Leeds United where he remained until he was 17.
At the time Johnson was offered a contract for the youth team, but the interest from Manchester City was too good to turn down.
He was released by City at the age of 21 after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and damaging the meniscus cartilage in his knee.
This led to an 18-month lay-off before Johnson enjoyed a two-year spell in Australia and New Zealand.