Barnsley: Reds could face struggle to keep O’Grady

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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has some big decisions to make before next season – and that is likely to involve a major re-shuffle of his squad.

One key player who Wilson will want to stay is leading scorer Chris O’Grady.

Wages at Oakwell will be cut and a number of the club’s high-earners will almost certainly leave.

And with some players also out of contract in the summer, it’s highly likely Wilson will have a new-look squad in League One next term.

Relegation is a sorry tale for any club, especially with players wanting to play the highest level of football they can.

The Reds squad have a number of players who have impressed in the Championship this season, so it’s going to be tough for Wilson to persuade them to say.

Former Sheffield Wednesday hitman O’Grady finished as the club’s leading scorer with 13 goals.

But Wilson could have a job on his hands to keep him, with the player understandably keen to be playing at the highest possible level.

“I’m really not trying to think about next season to be honest,” stressed O’Grady, speaking exclusively to The Star.

“But of course I want to play the highest level I can. I want to be looking up rather than looking down.

“You just do your best at the end of the day and I feel like I can be proud of what I’ve achieved this season.

“There’s some people who know they’ve not performed at their best, but I know I couldn’t have given any more.”

O’Grady earlier this week was honoured for his performances and goals in what has been an horrendous campaign.

The 28-year-old won The Star Barnsley Player of the Year award at a glittering ceremony in the city.

“I’m honoured, but I’d rather us have stayed up than scored all my goals and won any awards,” he admitted .

But and it’s nice to be recognised. I also won when I was at Sheffield Wednesday.”