ON LOAN Wednesday striker Chris O’Grady is pleased that he has bought into Barnsley’s campaign to retain their Championship status.
And Reds boss David Flitcroft has stressed that O’Grady will get his chance despite strong competition, with Chris Dagnall, Marlon Harewood and Jason Scotland all fighting for starting places.
“It became apparent that I wasn’t in the plans at Sheffield Wednesday and they were willing to let me come here,” said O’Grady, formerly with Rochdale.
“Barnsley is a club that allows players from a lower level like League One and League Two to have their chance, where other clubs (in the Championship) don’t want to touch them.
“I just want to reach the target of getting out of this position and then see what we can do until the end of the season.
“It’s not worked out too bad. You can be frustrated when you’re not playing and it spirals. You can end up taking any sort of option when you’re frustrated and end up at any club in League One that doesn’t really suit you.
“But it’s worked out really well coming here, and to a manager who believes in you, which is really important as well. The manager was a big reason why I came here.”
O’Grady could join the Reds on a full deal at the end of the season depending on whether the club stay in the Championship, but for now he’s just happy playing, starting away to basement Bristol City this afternoon.
“I don’t think coming here is a view to a permanent deal, it’s just an opportunity to play for the next three months and take things from there,” he said. “I’m really enjoying myself. We’ve won all four games since I’ve been here, so it can’t really get any smoother than that.
“The manager is a person who is going to get the best out of every player he’s got. Some clubs have good players but don’t get the best out of them.
“Every player is performing at the top of the ability. The manager is able to put himself at the level of a player and also as a fan. He’s adapted to all those aspects.
“I suppose he’s just evolving and getting more experience and becoming a better manager.”