Barnsley: Delighted Ramage ready to lead Reds revival

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Experienced campaigner Peter Ramage is delighted to have extended his loan spell at Barnsley.

And the Crystal Palace loan centre-back has revealed he would like to be part of the long-term plan at Oakwell.

“We want to do something here at this football club – whether it’s this season or next season,” stressed Ramage, who has joined the Reds on loan until the end of the season after an initial 93-day emergency loan deal.

“It would have been great to have had a good run in the cup, but the league is our bread and butter.

“They’re planning for the future with the players they’re looking to bring in.”

Ramage has played 16 times for the Reds this season and, although the club are 17th in League One after a mixed bag of results, the 31-year-old is quietly confident a couple of decent results could turn their season.

“Now we’ve got to strive to get as high as we can,” added Ramage. “Hopefully when we get a few players back from injury we can try and do something.

“From a personal point of view I’m delighted to be staying for longer, 100 per cent.

“I think it was always in the back of my mind that it was going to be longer-term here.

“But it was just the rules of the league that it was only 93 days to start with. Last week there was a lot of upheaval at Crystal Palace [with Alan Pardew being appointed the club’s new manager], so I didn’t know where I was going to be honest.

“One day I was going back down there and then the next I was staying.

“Thankfully I just managed to get something sorted and now I’m staying here.

“The main thing for me, now that everything is signed, is that I can now concentrate on playing football for the rest of the season. Deep down I always knew that I’d kicked my last ball in a Palace shirt.

“I was coming to the end of my contract at Palace this summer, so maybe they were trying to find somebody new to come in.”

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