BARNSLEY winger Jim O’Brien is “desperate” to get back into the Barnsley side as the club look to cement their Championship status for another season.
Scot O’Brien has been sidelined since early February with a troublesome groin injury, but he trained for the first time last Friday and trained with the first team squad Monday and yesterday without any problems. “I’m hoping to be one the [substitute’s] bench on Saturday at the very least, but I’ll have to wait and see what the gaffer [Keith Hill] says,” O’Brien told The Star. “But the lads played really well on Saturday so I won’t be too disappointed if I don’t start straight away. I’m back in the squad now and I’m desperate to play. It’s been really frustrating not being able to play, but I’ve had to wait for my groin to settle down before I came back.
“I tried to come back a while ago but it never happened, so I’ve just had to rest and kept up with a bit of strength work on my legs.
“Training’s gone well though, so hopefully I can play some part at the weekend against Ipswich.”
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur loan goalkeeper David Button is relishing working under his former boss Keith Hill at Oakwell.
Hill swooped to sign Button as cover for the injured Luke Steele and David Preece having previously managed the former England shot-stopper during his first loan spell at Rochdale back in 2008.
“Keith really is great. I’ve known him and his coaching team for a long time now and he really knows how to man-manage a player,” said Button.
Saturday’s home win over Posh, achieved with ten men for nearly an hour, sees the Reds sitting 11 points ahead of the relegation zone with seven games remaining.