PETER Ramage is hoping his vast experience will rub off on the Reds.
Barnsley’s transfer deadline day signing Ramage has joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Crystal Palace.
And the 29-year-old knows the Championship very well having played 40 times in helping the Eagles clinch promotion from the English second tier last term.
He’s also played at a top level with his former clubs Queen’s Park Rangers and Newcastle, so the defender has certainly earnt his stripes.
His reward for some impressive performances last season for the Eagles was a new two-year-deal at Selhurst Park, although the new signings of centre-back Adrian Mariappa and full-back Jack Hunt have meant he is now surplus to requirements as the club take on the challenge of the Premier League.
“He [the manager David Flitcroft] just wants me to come in and hopefully use my experience on and off the pitch,” revealed Ramage, who has played one game in the Capital One Cup this season.
“Primarily I’ve come to play games and hopefully I impress enough to warrant a place in the side.
“It’s a team full of quality players. I’ve spoken to a few of the boys that I know already, some I’ve played with or against, so hopefully I can gel in and buy into what the group’s already got.
“I’m really excited to join Barnsley. I’ve never really had much success at Barnsley in terms of results [when I’ve visited with other clubs], but hopefully being on the home side that gets better.”
And Ramage joked that he has not been signed by Flitcroft for his silky skills, instead his qualities as a hard-working, no-nonsense defender are more likely to benefit the Reds.
“Well, I’ve not going to tear up any trees with skills, tricks and flicks and all that,” said Ramage.
“I’m a hard-working player who wears his heart on his sleeve and gives 100 per cent, both on and off the pitch.
“I’m a bit of talker. I’ve got a broad Geordie accent and I like to boom it, so hopefully I can use it to good affect on the pitch and organise.
“And if I get the opportunity to play I just want to bring my experience that I’ve gained over the years to benefit the side.”
The Reds signed no more new players on the final day of the transfer window, with Ramage officially at 9.30pm, just an hour and a half before the window closed.
“I’ve been in a couple [of deadline day moves,” admitted Ramage. “At [Crystal] Palace it was a similar scenario, but I’m just glad of the chance to play games and prove myself.
“Luckily I don’t live too far up the road because that helps with my family, which is important.
“I just can’t wait to get going now. I’ve got some extra time [because of the current international break] to get to know the players and settle in.”