Barnsley: Woods can’t wait to help safety fight

Martin Woods, confident that Barnsley can avoid relegation
Martin Woods, confident that Barnsley can avoid relegation
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New Barnsley signing Martin Woods is hungry to help use his experience to help Barnsley haul themselves out of the Championship relegation zone.

The former Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United and Leeds United midfielder could make his debut against Ipswich Town at Oakwell tomorrow.

And the 28-year-old Scot is confident he can shine given the opportunity in the centre of the park for the Reds.

Speaking exclusively to The Star, Woods said: “If everybody shows the right attitude, then I’ve got no doubts we can definitely do it [avoid relegation].

There’s a great squad of players at this club – and there’s more than enough quality to turn around this season.

Of course it’s not going to be easy, but everybody knows that if you can string a run of results together in this league, then anything can happen.

For me personally, well ,I’m just desperate to play. I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

And Woods, whose last game was for Rovers at the start of last month, is confident he is fit enough – and firmly focused – on kicking off his Barnsley career with a much-needed win against the Tractor Boys.

“I like pressure situations, I thrive on them,” he revealed. “Everybody knows what it’s going to take to get us out of this position, but it’s the same for a lot of clubs around us.“It’s an unbelievable league and a couple of wins could see us get out the relegation zone, so there’s lots to play for.

“I’ve played five games for Doncaster this season and I’m feeling fit. Whatever happens in the first game, you’ll always be blowing but then the adrenalin kicks in and that usually takes you through a match. I know I’ve got a lot of competition in the midfield areas, but that’s the challenge I like.

“I’m going to work hard to get in the team and to show the fans what I can do. I want to hit the ground running.”

Winger Jim O’Brien bagged an excellent equaliser as the Reds came from behind to draw 1-1 with Mick McCarthy’s side earlier in the season.

Defender Bobby Hassell, striker Marcus Pedersen and midfielder Kelvin Etuhu are all back in the selection mix. having recovered from injuries, but former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong will miss tomorrow’s match, suspended for one match for his red card against Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday.And fellow midfielder Jacob Mellis, the former Chelsea youngster, also misses out. Mellis is banned for three games for the straight red card he received for a reckless late challenge in the fiery South Yorkshire derby with the Owls.Ends…