Barnsley: Hemmings ready to hit the goal trail

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Barnsley hitman Kane Hemmings is looking to start his Oakwell career with a bang.

The former Cowdenbeath striker has reveled in a fresh start in South Yorkshire having impressed north of the border last season.

And it’s little surprise the 22-year-old, who is originally from Burton upon Trent, wants to build on the form which saw him net 24 goals in 39 games last term.

“I want to make an impact,” revealed Hemmings, speaking exclusively to The Star.

“I’m not one for setting myself too many targets, but of course I want to score as many goals as possible.

“It was a great season for me last year and I was very proud of what I achieved, but as much as it was pleasing, well I can’t afford to dwell on what I’ve done before.

“You can’t rest on your laurels and I know this season is going to be a step up for me, so I’ve got to continue working hard if I want to see the same rewards.”

Hemmings became Reds’ manager Danny Wilson’s second summer signing when he joined the club on a free transfer last month.

And the club’s supporters could be treated to a exciting partnership if Chris O’Grady, last season’s leading scorer, stays at the club for the new season.

O’Grady of course is a target for Wilson’s former club Sheffield United, although the Blades have yet to make an official offer for the 15-goal striker.

But Hemmings said: “I’d enjoy playing with Chris, definitely.

“You look at Chris and you see how good a striker he is. I like to play off other strikers and I could definitely do that with Chris.

“He’s a great lad and, like the rest of the lads, has made me feel very welcome. I didn’t know anyone coming here, but I’ve enjoyed pre-season and settling in. It’s been great.”

The Reds face Hailfax Town away on Saturday, at the Shay, in their first pre-season friendly.

Adult tickets can be bought on the day for £8, concessions for £6, Under-16s at £3, while Under-7s get free admission.