New boy eager to impress

Ready for action: Loan signing Danny Drinkwater says joining Barnsley will be a good challenge after his move from Manchester United
Ready for action: Loan signing Danny Drinkwater says joining Barnsley will be a good challenge after his move from Manchester United
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MANCHESTER United young gun Danny Drinkwater is ready to prove his worth to Barnsley.

One of two new loan signings at Oakwell this week, the 21-year-old midfielder has moved to South Yorkshire until January 2 to get some welcome first team experience under his belt.

And that could result in being thrown into the Lions’ Den away to Millwall on Saturday.

“I’m fit and I can’t wait for Saturday against Millwall,” revealed Drinkwater.

“Joining Barnsley is going to be a good challenge for me.

“I’d like to get as many games under my belt as I can with them and hopefully get the club on the right track and getting as many points as possible. It would be great to see us up there in the table.”

Drinkwater has Championship experience having played for Watford and Cardiff City during the last two seasons respectively.

But the former England Under-18 and U19 international still feels as though he’s plenty still to prove in the game.

“The two loan spells didn’t go as well as they should have done or as planned, but it was a good test for me and hopefully I can do a lot better at Barnsley,” added Drinkwater.

“The Championship is a fast and physical league, a good test for any player. Drinkwater joined the Reds alongside highly-rated Middlesbrough winger Cameron Park and admits it didn’t take him long to decide on a switch after talking to Reds boss Keith Hill and assistant manager David Flitcroft.

“Keith and David were a big reason I came here. They’ve got a good relationship with Manchester United, so it wasn’t hard to decide to come here. Also, Barnsley do play football the right way.

“I like to get up and down the pitch, to have a lot of the ball – and I’d like to think I have an influence on the game when I’m at my best.

“It’s only the start of the season and too early to judge. I’m sure Barnsley will come good. They’ve got some good players.”