Davies insists he will rise to the Championship challenge

Chesterfield's Craig Davies kisses the npower League Two Trophy after the npower Football League Two match at the B2net Stadium, Chesterfield.  PA Wire.
Chesterfield's Craig Davies kisses the npower League Two Trophy after the npower Football League Two match at the B2net Stadium, Chesterfield. PA Wire.
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NEW signing Craig Davies is confident he can develop into an even better player under Keith Hill at Barnsley.

The sought-after former Chesterfield hitman is chomping at the bit to make his Championship debut.

And the 25-year-old, who bagged 25 goals last season, isn’t afraid to challenge himself at a much higher level having jumped two divisions of the English football tier.

“Everyone wants to be successful and play at the best level - I’m no different,” Davies told The Star.

“I know I’ve jumped two divisions, but I’ve always aspired to play in the Championship.

“I knew that if I didn’t take this opportunity then I might not get another chance, this is a great opportunity for me at Barnsley.

“It’s going to be tough, I know I’m going to have to work harder and improve as a player.

“But that’s the challenge for me and one which I’m really looking forward too.

“I know I’m capable and the attraction was to work with Keith because I know he can make me into a better player.

“I’ve known Keith for a while and he did try to sign me at Rochdale, so it’s great he’s still interested in me and monitored my career.” Hill worked his magic to help Glenn Murray, Chris O’Grady and Adam Le Fondre all develop into proven goalscorers. And so for Davies, who is hungry to develop as a player, getting the chance to work with Hill was a no-brainer.

“He [Keith] did wonders for Chris O’Grady and I’ve spoke to Glenn Murray quite a few times and he’s always sing Keith and David’s [Flitcroft] praises,” added Davies.

“He must be doing something right because he helped Adam Le Fondre improve as well, so hopefully he can help bring my game on more.

“When I first met him [Keith] I thought he was very similar to [Chesterfield manager] John Sheridan.

“John’s been a massive help for me.

“Playing for Chesterfield has been the happiest I’ve ever been as a player, so I wanted to play under someone like him. Keith’s that man.

“He’s a very honest guy and straightforward, which is what I like in a manager. I’m sure he’ll get the best out of me.”

Meanwhile, goalkeeper David Preece has been offered a new one-year deal to stay at Oakwell.

Reds director Don Rowing told The Star: “David’s been offered a new deal, he’s gone away to make his decision on whether to sign the contract.”