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Meet City's 30-Goal Striker

There aren’t many people that can outscore Tammy Abraham at Bristol City, but one young man has managed it.

Shawn McCoulsky this week notched his 30th goal of the season, split between loan clubs and the Under-23 side.

McCoulsky is one year older than Abraham, who has 24 goals for the first team this term. However, the young hotshot didn’t come through any Premier League Academy, instead having to work his way through the Isthmian League to get his big shot.

He joined City in November 2015 after being spotted playing for Dulwich Hamlet. Just 18 months later, McCoulsky has scored seven times for Weston-super-Mare, eight times for Bath City, kicked his heels in frustration at Torquay United and bagged 15 goals for the Under-23s - including a hat-trick this week.

“I set myself a target of 25 goals at the start of the season, so it’s fair to say this season has gone better than I could have imagined,” the youngster said, in an exclusive interview on the club’s YouTube channel.

“The Weston loan couldn’t really have gone any better; I hit the ground running there and really enjoyed it. The lads there just seemed to play to my strengths and I scored five goals in the first three games.

“Then I went to Torquay, but I arrived at the same time as Kiefer Moore, who the manager started ahead of me. Kiefer scored a lot of goals and understandably the manager didn’t want to change a winning team, so I didn’t get much of a look in.

“The Bath loan started just like the Weston one and I’ll end the season at Twerton Park now. We’ve got four games left and hopefully I can keep on scoring – maybe my new target should be 35!”

On Under-23 football, McCoulsky said: “You get a lot more time on the ball in the development games. There’s more passing, whereas the non-league games are more in-your-face and physical. I actually enjoy that side of the game.

“Growing up my heroes were Ian Wright and Thierry Henry, even though I’m a Manchester United fan. I also like Jamie Vardy in the modern era; my game is very similar to his, running off the last man. I watch a lot of clips from his games and try to learn from the good things he does.”

McCoulsky made his debut for the first team in the EFL Cup tie against Premier League Hull City in October and was rewarded for his stunning season by putting pen to paper on a new contract three months later, securing his future at the club until the summer of 2018.

“I was delighted when I got a phone call from my agent saying there was a new contract on the table in January and I couldn’t wait to sign,” he added.

“The chance to play for the first team earlier this season was great and now my aim is to continue working hard and scoring goals to get more chances next year.”


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