KELVIN Etuhu is totally focused on making his mark in the Championship with Barnsley next season.
Attacking midfielder Etuhu, aged 24 and the brother of Fulham midfielder Dickson, signed an initial one-year deal with the Reds on Friday after turning down the chance to stay with Portsmouth.
Etuhu ended last season with administration-hit Pompey, but after their relegation to League One, it’s clear the chance to stay in the second tier with Barnsley was a major factor in him being successfully tempted by Reds boss Keith Hill.
After signing a free transfer deal, Etuhu said: “I’m really happy to be part of a new project at Barnsley, and to be back working with a manager I’ve got a lot of faith in (Etuhu enjoyed a successful loan spell at Hill’s Rochdale five years ago).
“I’m looking forward to enjoying a lot of success here.
“The Barnsley fans are going to get a player who will get them off their seats – definitely.
“They will get a lot of commitment from me too.
“You will see the best of Kelvin Etuhu this season – that’s a fact.”
Born in Kano, Nigeria, Etuhu began his career with current Premier League champions Manchester City in 2006, making 15 senior appearances before being released last summer.
During his time at City, Etuhu enjoyed successful loan spells at Rochdale, Leicester and Cardiff (three times), before joining Portsmouth in January, 2012.
Meanwhile, Reds boss Hill has again been linked with a potential move for Sheffield Wednesday hit-man Chris O’Grady.
Again the two worked together during Hill’s Rochdale days, and O’Grady would represent an ideal replacement for veteran striker Andy Gray, who was released at the end of last season when the Reds only just managed to escape relegation into League One. Hill has acknowledged that ‘tentative enquiries’ were made to Wednesday last season as to whether O’Grady would be made available.
Twenty-six-year-old O’Grady joined the Owls last season in a £350,000 deal from Rochdale.
After starting the season well, he fell down the Hillsborough pecking order when new manager Dave Jones replaced the sacked Gary Megson.
He is under contract until the summer of 2014.
Speculation that O’Grady will be allowed to leave Hillsborough has intensified this summer following the Owls’ bid to sign front-man Chris Maguire from Derby County.