Barnsley: O’Grady targets Championship return

Barnsley's Chris O'Grady .
Barnsley's Chris O'Grady .
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Barnsley striker Chris O’Grady would have loved to have been playing his football with the club in the Championship next season.

But, despite his 15 goals last term, the Reds were still relegated and now life back in League One beckons.

And O’Grady, who was offered the chance to move to Charlton Athletic this summer but turned it down, has promised to do everything in his power to try to get the club promoted back to the English second tier.

The big striker has been a pivotal player for the Reds over the last couple of seasons, first helping them stay up with his goals and then so nearly doing the same last term when the club were in crisis.

However, a team can’t rely on one player and O’Grady knows, like Oakwell manager Danny Wilson, that goals have to come from other areas if the club are going to stand any chance of making progress.

“We do need to score more goals, there’s no doubt about that,” said O’Grady, speaking exclusively to The Star.

“We’ve got some new faces in already this season and it’s a chance to start afresh.

“I think that’s what we need because last year we had a good squad but there were a lot of individuals in it.

“By that I mean we had a lot of loan players and it’s hard for them to settle into a squad and for you to become a unit when you own player for a few games.

“I’d rather have a squad of however many hard-working players who give everything for the club and are a good unit.

“No disrespect to the loan players who came in, they did a great job, but it will be good to have a settled side so we can build for the future.

“And we know goals are a problem.

“We need the midfielders and the other strikers to get on the scoresheet as well because all goals help.”