Barnsley: Craig Davies hopes Reds avoid the drop

Goodbye: Craig Davies bids a fond farewell to Barnsley
Goodbye: Craig Davies bids a fond farewell to Barnsley
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DEPARTED striker Craig Davies is keeping his fingers crossed Barnsley retain their Championship status.

The Reds are currently bottom of the table, four points adrift of safety, having won just five of their 26 league matches.

But Wales international Davies, who completed his protracted switch to Bolton Wanderers yesterday, believes the South Yorkshire club can beat the drop.

The ex-Manchester City trainee: “They’re a good bunch of lads at Barnsley and that team was fighting all the way. People will say that’s been the story of our season but I really do believe we had some bad luck. They certainly have enough in them to avoid relegation.”

Davies, a free transfer recruit in the summer of 2011 following the expiry of his contract at Chesterfield, plundered 20 goals in 64 appearances for the Reds, including four in this season’s televised 5-0 triumph over Birmingham City. In 23 matches this time around, he netted nine goals.

Earlier this week, Bolton entered discussions with the 27-year-old after triggering a release clause in his Oakwell contract, believed to be in the region of £300,000.

Davies, who has been capped six times by his country, has penned a two-and-a-half year deal at the Reebok Stadium and becomes Dougie Freedman’s first permanent signing since he took charge.

The forward posted on his Twitter page: “I’d just like to thank everyone involved at Barnsley FC from the fans to the board and staff members for their support while I was there. The past 18 months have been some of the most enjoyable of my career and that is mainly down to the fact I was made to feel welcome. Thank you.”

Freedman is delighted to have captured Davies, who is poised to make his debut this weekend against Millwall.

“Craig is a player I am really fond of,” he said.

“I actually tried to sign him a couple of years ago and he will bring all the right ingredients to our club.

“He is hungry. He hasn’t got the T-shirt of playing in the Premier League, but is desperate to get it.

“He’s a good age and represents very good value for the football club. He is the type of player I want around the place.”

Davies departure will allow the club’s new manager to bring in some new blood, says Reds director Don Rowing.

He said: “It [Davies exit] frees up more space. There is some money available for the loan market and we will utilise that.”

Scott Wiseman, meanwhile, is set to remain with Barnsley after his move to Blackpool fell through yesterday. The Reds accepted a six figure offer from the Tangerines but the transfer has collapsed after the full-back failed to agree personal terms with the Championship club.