Barnsley goal ace Winnall ready to face his old Iron pals

Sam Winnall - a prolific scorer for Scunthorpe and now  Barnsley. Picture: Martyn Harrison

Sam Winnall - a prolific scorer for Scunthorpe and now Barnsley. Picture: Martyn Harrison

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Barnsley hit-man Sam Winnall is relishing locking horns with his former club Scunthorpe United tomorrow.

The Reds clash with the Iron this weekend in the first of three home fixtures for Danny Wilson’s improving side.

And victory would be very welcome having seen their four-game unbeaten run ended with a 2-1 defeat to Chesterfield last weekend.

Winnall bagged an impressive 23 goals last term as Scunthorpe won promotion to League One.

But the ambitious striker, 23, sealed a summer move to Barnsley to try and further his career.

And so far the move is working wonders having already netted nine goals this season.

“It was brilliant at Scunthorpe last season,” said Winnall. “To go 28 games unbeaten, get promoted and for me to end up top goalscorer, well it was a fairytale season in a way.

“Everything just fell into place and it could haven’t got any better. I’ll always be thankful for Scunthorpe for last season.

“I’ve got fond memories from my time at the club, so it will be nice to see everyone and say hello.

“The squad is relatively the same as when I played for the club and the backroom staff are still there, so will it be nice to see them all.

“But first and foremost I’m looking forward to the game and focused on helping us to try and get a win.”

Winnall made a big decision my leaving Glanford Park in the summer, but will always be thankful for his time with the club.

“It was one of them [situations in your career] where I had to be patient and wait for a club to come in for me,” admitted Winnall.

“Scunthorpe were the club – and it all went rosy from there on. “I was quietly confident I’d find a club back then because I’ve got faith in my ability and, given the chance to play on a regular basis, I’d produce goals.

“I did produce the goals, so it couldn’t have gone much better.

“But I’m looking forward to proving to a lot people that this [joining Barnsley] was the right move for me.

Midfielder – and top scorer – Conor Hourihane is not suspended for this weekend despite reports he picked up a fifth yellow card of the seasons last Saturday against the Spireites.

And the Reds have been boosted by the return of Fulham winger Ryan Williams from international duty. He signed a loan extension yesterday until January 1.

Meanwhile, the Reds have loaned out two players to Conference clubs ahead of the weekend.

Third-choice goalkeeper Christian Dibble, 20, has joined Nuneaten Town until 17 January, while full-back Smith, 18, has signed for Bradford Park Avenue, until January 27.