Ex-Blade eyeing Wales comeback as he settles in at Oakwell

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BARNSLEY winger David Cotterill is looking to re-ignite his Wales career.

The Cardiff-born forward played 19 times for his country, and represented them at Under-19 and Under-21 levels, before he fell out favour at Swansea.

“When I was left out at Swansea I always wanted to get back into the Wales squad,” said the 24-year-old. “You can only do that by playing week in, week out, so hopefully playing for Barnsley will provide me with the platform.”

Cotterill made his Reds debut in the 3-1 home defeat by Birmingham last Tuesday and featured as a second-half substitute in last Saturday’s 1-0 away setback at Coventry.

The former Sheffield United ace is enjoying life at Oakwell: “It’s been great so far; the lads have been great with me and helped me settle in.

“The gaffer [Keith Hill] and the assistant manager Flicker [David Flitcroft] are great as well, they’re just like one of the lads. But when they do say something, you listen. They’ve got the respect of all the players.

“I’m just happy everything’s sorted itself out and I’ve got the opportunity to play some regular football.

“I had a few offers on the table, but it was important to me that I played Championship football.

“I saw Barnsley play against Leicester and I liked the way they played so I was very interested.

“It’s very important they [Barnsley] play the right way. I’ve come from Swansea and they probably play some of the best football in the country. It was important I didn’t just go to a club which plays direct football.”