Chris O’Grady has no beef with Dave Jones, but admits that the Sheffield Wednesday boss “didn’t fancy me as a player.”
Former Owls striker O’Grady made a permanent switch to South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley last week – for a fee believed to be in the region of £300,000 - after a drawn out battle between the two clubs.
The Reds won out, signing O’Grady on a two-year deal, a move which Jones stressed was “good business in letting one go to free up money to bring in a couple of players.”
O’Grady had been a regular in the Owls team and scored six goals prior to Jones replacing Gary Megson as manager.
But Jones’s arrival saw O’Grady’s chances limited and he was loaned to Barnsley – a deal until the end of the season.
“It would have been a bit unsettling not knowing where I was going to be for pre-season training, but now I’m settled and looking forward,” O’Grady told The Star. “I just want push on with my career.”
The 27-year-old admitted he would happily have stayed with the Owls “if I’m wanted,” but soon realised Jones had no plans for him at Hillsborough.
“He [Dave Jones] didn’t fancy me as a player, I think that was pretty evident,” added O’Grady.
“I don’t know whether that was from seeing me play before or seeing me play for Wednesday, but it was clear I wasn’t part of his plans.
“It’s nice to be wanted and David Flitcroft wants me at Barnsley, but I’ll always remember my two years at Sheffield Wednesday. I had some good times.”
O’Grady is understood to be key to Barnsley’s plans this season, a target man who can hold up the play and link up with fellow strikers Chris Dagnall, Jason Scotland and Danny Rose.
And O’Grady is relishing linking up with Dagnall again, a pairing which flourished at their previous club Rochdale.
“It’s great to play with Chris, we like playing up there together,” added O’Grady. “We’ve got a good understanding, but I’d like to think we’ve all got a good understanding.”