O’Grady can help Reds become secure, says McNulty

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Jimmy McNulty is hoping Barnsley can sign Sheffield Wednesday striker Chris O’Grady for next season.

The Reds have tabled a second bid for O’Grady after their initial offer at the end of last season was rejected.

And McNulty believes it would be a great coup for the club if they could keep the frontman who played on loan for them last term.

He still has a year left on his contract at Hillsborough.

“I’m just hoping we keep Chris” McNulty told The Star. “Certain can players can make a big difference – and he did for us last season.

“We played a certain way with Chris and it worked for us. If we didn’t get him then I think we’d have to change our game a little bit.

“If Chris is not at the club next season then that would be a shame, but I suppose we’d just have to work with another striker.”

And McNulty doesn’t believe Brentford’s Clayton Donaldson will be on his way to Oakwell anytime soon.

The Star understands Reds’ boss David Flitcroft is interested in signing 29-year-old Donaldson, a player who bagged 24 goals last term for the Bees.

But McNulty admitted: “I’m not sure we can afford him. Brentford have got a bit of money and I’m sure they’re paying him alright, so I can’t see him coming to Barnsley for less money. It’s a very difficult job Flicker [Flitcroft] has got because we’ve not got a massive budget and he’s having to sell the club. We know what great things he’s doing at the club, but to some players he’ll just be another manager trying to sell a package.

“When you haven’t got lots of money to spend you offer other things. But I can testify to how good things have become.

“The friendship and team spirit between us all has grown. All the lads stay in touch over the summer, which is great. If we have a full squad at our disposal next season then I’d be disappointed if we weren’t comfortably a mid-table team.

“And if I was dreaming I’d like to think we could flirt with the play-offs. We all sat in the changing room at the end of last season and couldn’t believe the run we’d been on to stay up. If we can repeat some of that form again then who knows what we can achieve?”