FORMER Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay has signed a loan deal for Barnsley.
The ex-Owls marksman was at Oakwell for a medical yesterday agreed a loan deal until 3 January.
And the 29-year-old’s arrival could not have come at a better time for the Reds who have failed to score in their last three Championship fixtures. As exclusively revealed in The Star on Wednesday, Barnsley boss Keith Hill was closing in on the loan signing of Sheffield Wednesday striker Chris O’Grady, but the player - who he managed at Rochdale - has a foot injury and any potential deal has now been put on hold.
Hill quickly turned to Tudgay as the player he thinks can help turn around the club’s worrying form, with the Reds having lost their last four league matches and leading scorer Craig Davies still sidelined with a hamstring injury. Now signed to Nottingham Forest, Tudgay has just returned from a double hernia operation and is hungry to get some first-team action under his belt.
“Marcus is a very good player, he’s a player I’ve admired for a long time,” revealed Hill, speaking exclusively to The Star.
“He’s always looking to score goals, his movement is good and he’s a player who we think we fill into our squad very well. He’s very athletic considering he’s only 5ft [10 inches tall] and he’s got good experience.
“He’s come back from a bad injury and needs some games, so it’s good we’ve got him in the building.”
The Star understands Hill worked closely with Forest boss Sean O’Driscoll - formerly of Doncaster Rovers - to get a deal done so that Tudgay can make his debut away to Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.
This season Tudgay has featured twice as a substitute this season and managed just 24 minutes of football, but the Owls man - who netted just shy of 50 goals for the club during 2006-2011 - is confident he can rediscover his scoring boots given valuable competitive action.
And that’s a view shared by former Barnsley skipper Jacob Butterfield who, on Saturday, is hoping to make his debut for new loan club Bolton against his former employers.
Butterfield told The Star: “He’s a proven goalscorer. I’m sure they’ll be hoping he’s [Tudgay] a good signing for them.”