Former Sheffield Wednesday striker Chris O’Grady says it’s nice to be at a club where he feels “wanted” by the manager.
O’Grady made a permanent switch to SBarnsley in the January transfer window having grown disillusioned with a lack of appearances under Dave Jones at Hillsborough.
And although he will always be “massively grateful” for the “brilliant” support he received from Owls’ fans in his time at the club, the target-man believes he has made the right decision by signing for the Reds.
O’Grady is Barnsley’s leading goalscorer with seven goals in 17 appearances this season and has scored 13 goals in a total of 33 games for the Oakwell outfit, which includes his loan spell towards the end last season.
“It’s nice to be wanted by a club and a manager – but I wasn’t by the manager at Wednesday,” said O’Grady.
“The fans were brilliant with me and I got so much some support, but for whatever reason the manager didn’t like me. From day one Dave Jones identified that I was not one of his players, for whatever reason, so I had to come to terms with that.
“But as long as I’m contracted for any club I’ll always try my hardest and I tried to prove that I could be part of the team. I was proud of what I did and achieved at Wednesday, it’s a great club and they have great supporters.
“However, it just felt right for me to move to Barnsley and it’s been nice to be wanted by the manager.
“The Barnsley fans have been great with me as well, so I’m also very grateful to them as well for their support. At the end of the day I just concentrate on doing my job and doing as well as I can for any club I’m at.”
O’Grady scored six goals in 20 outings for the Owls last season before his loan switch to Barnsley.
But despite having not originally wanted to leave Hillsborough, the 27-year-old admits he had no choice but to move on and further his career somewhere else.
“That’s just football isn’t it?” reflected O’Grady. “You don’t get anywhere with conspiracy theories to why you aren’t playing or why you don’t feature in somebody’s plans.
“Football is all about opinion and I’ve always done my best to try and change opinion with my performances.
“I left (Sheffield Wednesday) at the right time because there was no future for me at the club.
“Barnsley tried to get me in the first transfer window and it didn’t happen, but then they came back in for me in January and we managed to get the deal over the line. “I’m enjoying playing for the club and been pleased with my goals so far, but hopefully there’s more to come.”