Barnsley: Reds move will make me better player: Winnall

New Barnsley signing Sam Winnall
New Barnsley signing Sam Winnall
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NEW signing Sam Winnall believes he can blossom at Barnsley under boss Danny Wilson.

Striker Winnall impressed last season for Scunthorpe United with 23 goals in 49 appearances.

But the 23-year-old hitman is hungry to develop into an even better player – and is adamant Oakwell, and under Wilson’s experienced tutelage, is the ideal way of doing that.

“I wanted to move forward in my career and I felt as if this club could definitely help me do that,” revealed Winnall, who joined the club on Wednesday along with former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.

“I’m really excited about coming here and working under Danny [Wilson] and all the lads. I just can’t wait to get the season started. I know I’ve enjoyed a really good club and a really ambitious club.

“I had a successful season last year [with Scunthorpe], but I had to look at my options and decided joining Barnsley was a good move for me.

“Me and Danny have spoken about his plans – and I’m sure we’ll talk more about what he wants going forward.

“I just want to try and get as many goals as possible. I’m a confident lad and I believe in my ability. I tend not to set myself any targets in terms of goals, but I go into every game with the belief that I will score and, also, that I should score.”

Winnall penned a three-year contract with the Reds and revealed the longevity of the deal has been great for his confidence.

He added: “It’s a massive confidence-boost to know the club wanted me for that length of time.

“It’s a big club and I know it’s going to be going in the right direction. It was an easy decision to join in the end.”

Winnall also used his Twitter account to thank many Scunthorpe supporters who had been in touch to wish him the best for his move to Oakwell.

He tweeted: ‘I’d like to thank everyone at @SUFCOfficial for an amazing season last year. I will always have a soft spot for the iron!!”

‘Thanks to everyone for the good luck messages! Would love to reply to you all personally! Your support is always greatly appreciated….

‘Very happy to have signed for @bfc_official. Can’t wait to get started and hopefully scoring some goals…’