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Baldock sets 30-goal target

Sam Baldock hopes Bristol City's new additions can help him head towards 30 goals this season.

The former West Ham forward scored 26 times in 2013/14 despite the Robins being in a relegation battle for the bulk of the campaign.

And with manager Steve Cotterill having added the likes of Aaron Wilbraham and Luke Freeman to his squad, Baldock is targeting another goal-laden campaign.

"I think improvement has got to be the key now," he told Press Association Sport. "I scored 26 last season which I was pleased with but I thought I could have scored a lot more as well.

"I think I've got to improve on that tally and hopefully I can hit the ground running.

"The quality of the players we have bought in are a lot better than I've had in the last couple of years to create for me.

"The manager wanted to improve the squad and he has definitely done that. There is competition for places and no-one can pick that teamsheet.

"We've got some real quality and we should have a strong season."

Cotterill's first summer at Ashton Gate also saw the former Cheltenham boss sign the likes of Korey Smith and Luke Ayling and his new-look team's fine pre-season included a victory over the Botswana national team.

Their two-week African adventure also included a safari and some valuable team bonding time which Baldock believes has worked wonders.

"That trip has made us come together more than anything else," he explained.

"We were out of our comfort zones, as no one had ever been to the places we had been to.

"That really brought us together and made us a tight-knit group, so I'm thinking we are going to be fighting for each other on the pitch as well."