Stoke City loan striker George Waring is hoping he can bring a physical presence to Barnsley’s attacking play.
Waring wasted no time in making his mark for the Reds when he scored on his debut in last Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Yeovil Town.
And it’s little surprise the 20-year-old wants to keep finding the back of the net as Danny Wilson’s side look to climb the table.
Wilson has signed Waring as a target man - something the manager believes the club have been missing all season.
“I’ve been looking forward to the challenge of playing in League One, that’s the reason I came here,” said Waring.
“It is very physical but I want to test myself and try and make that step up.
“It all happened very quickly moving here, but I wouldn’t have changed anything. I’ve just come in and been given the chance to play football, which is great.”
Waring has joined the Reds on an initial one-month loan deal, but hopes his performances can earn an extension, obviously dependant on whether his parent club the Potters allow him to stay at Oakwell for longer.
“It was a dream come true to score on my debut, I was made up,” reflected Waring.
“It was awesome playing my first club for the game. It was a great feeling to score. I’ll score better goals, but I’ll take it. Happy days.
“I thought I played well, but hopefully I keep improving game-by-game. Getting the win was great because it gives the team a bit of momentum but, to be honest, I was very surprised how the young team is when I first arrived.
“It made me feel at ease though because I know there’s other lads in this team, who are a similar age, who are going through the same experience as I am.
“And there’s the more experienced players who have been great at helping me settle in - like Leroy Lita, a player I’ve grown up watching on Match of the Day.”
“I’ve known about him for ages, so to have the chance to play alongside him was great,” Waring added.
“He’s been great with me and so has Peter Ramage, so it’s great having those players around.”
Next up for Waring and the Reds is a South Yorkshire derby clash with Doncaster Rovers this Saturday.
“I’m looking forward to the next game, hopefully we can get another good result,” said Waring.
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