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Cook relishing EFL chance

3 July 2018

Striker Andy Cook is relishing the chance to prove himself in the EFL.

The 27-year-old joined the Saddlers on a two-year deal earlier this summer.

He spent last season with Tranmere in the National League, scoring 28 times as Rovers sealed promotion via the play-offs.

It was the fourth successive season that Cook has broken the 20-goal barrier.

And having scored goals for fun in non-league, the targetman is looking forward to testing himself at a higher level.

“It was a no-brainer to come here,” said the former Grimsby and Barrow man.

“The gaffer told me I deserved this chance so how could I turn that down and the chance to play for Walsall?

“I’m in League One. It’s my chance to prove I can score goals at a high level.

“The gaffer wanted me at Wrexham and when he came here there was a part of me that was hoping he’d look at me again.

“I’m delighted that happened.

“There is a bit of pressure because of my goal record, but as a striker you have got to be able to cope with pressure.

“I’m just hoping to come in and continue what I’ve done over the past few years.”

Cook’s journey to League One hasn’t been straightforward.

On Carlisle’s books as a youngster, the forward had to drop into non-league and was playing in the sixth tier as recently as 2015.

“I dropped down to the Conference North when I signed for Barrow. We got promoted,” Cook added.

“And then in my first season back in the Conference I scored 24 goals.

“I have matured as a player.

“If I’m being honest I was a bit of a hot head when I was younger.

“But I’ve grown up now. I’ve matured.

“I’m 27 years old now and I’ve been waiting for this chance to play in the Football League.

“And by maturing I’ve got that chance.”

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