CHRIS O’Grady is enjoying life at Barnsley – and his man-of-the-match performance in a 2-0 win over Leicester City proved why the loan striker is rated so highly at Oakwell.
The Sheffield Wednesday loan hitman was a force to be reckoned with for the Foxes’ defence on Bank Holiday Monday and capped a masterful display bagging his third goal for the club.
And the striker, who is on loan until the end of the season, has given the biggest hint yet that he could be tempted by a permanent move across South Yorkshire to the Reds next season.
But for now, at least, O’Grady just wants to let his football do the talking.
“I’ll definitely assess it at the end of the season, but the infrastructure in the club, well it can’t get any better,” O’Grady told The Star.
“The players couldn’t be any more accommodating and the manager (David Flitcroft) is just perfect for me.
“I’m enjoying it and I’m enjoying my football, which is the most important thing.”
O’Grady had played in patches for the Owls this season, but found himself surplus to requirements and Reds’ boss Flitcroft pounced to sign the striker, who he worked with at Rochdale, for the remainder of the campaign.
“You want to prove that you’re a better player than your club believes you are,” added O’Grady.
“If I’m not regarded as an important player for the team then you’ve just got to prove people wrong.
“I’m not looking at anything at the moment, I’m just focused on the next game.
“But if I perform then that [a new deal] will take care of itself.”
And Flitcroft revealed he would love to sign O’Grady if the opportunity arises from now until the end of the season.
The big forward was recalled to the starting line-up having been ineligible to play against his parent club at the weekend.
And he repaid the faith Flitcroft has shown him to torment the Foxes as the Reds clinched a third successive home victory.
“We won by a two-goal margin, but it should have been by a lot more,” added O’Grady.
“We were convincing, comfortable and I enjoyed it. That was one of my best games. I started off at Leicester when I was a kid, so it’s good to play against these teams and beat them.
“The result was a continuation really because the confidence has been high ever since I’ve been here. We’ve been playing well since I’ve been at the club, so there’s been nothing to be down about. You’ve got to expect the odd bad result like losing to Sheffield Wednesday, but we’ve shown strength of character to bounce back.”