Sky Bet Championship: Barnsley striker Chris O'Grady glad to feel wanted at a club
Barnsley's Chris O'Grady is glad to have joined a club where he feels wanted after his move from Sheffield Wednesday.
Last Updated: 14/11/13 9:17pm
Having spent the second-half of last season on loan at Oakwell, the 27-year-old made the switch permanent this summer following a two-year spell with the Owls, in which he netted on 13 occasions.
O'Grady has been ever-present for David Flitcroft's side in the Championship so far this campaign and he says that his Wednesday exit was important in order to get his career back on track.
"It's nice to be wanted by a club and a manager, but I wasn't by the manager at Wednesday," he told the Sheffield Star.
"The fans were brilliant with me and I got so much support, but for whatever reason, the manager didn't like me.
"From day one Dave Jones identified that I was not one of his players, for whatever reason, so I had to come to terms with that.
"But as long as I'm contracted for any club I'll always try my hardest and I tried to prove that I could be part of the team. I was proud of what I did and achieved at Wednesday, it's a great club and they have great supporters.
"However, it just felt right for me to move to Barnsley and it's been nice to be wanted by the manager."
O'Grady has found the net on seven occasions in the league for the Tykes this season and he thanked the club's supporters for making him feel welcome following his move.
"The Barnsley fans have been great with me as well, so I'm also very grateful to them as well for their support," he said.
"At the end of the day I just concentrate on doing my job and doing as well as I can for any club I'm at.
"I left (Sheffield Wednesday) at the right time because there was no future for me at the club.
"Barnsley tried to get me in the first transfer window and it didn't happen, but then they came back in for me in January and we managed to get the deal over the line.
"I'm enjoying playing for the club and been pleased with my goals so far, but hopefully there's more to come."