Barnsley: Home is where the heart is for Barnsley striker

Barnsley's 'Chris O Grady
Barnsley's 'Chris O Grady

Barnsley striker Chris O’Grady is happy staying at Oakwell even though Charlton Athletic wanted to sign him.

The Addicks made a bid for O’Grady and the player’s agent spoke to the London club. But speaking exclusively to The Star, O’Grady admits, even though he is open to offers for Championship football, his foreseeable future lies with the Reds.

“I’m professional, I always have been,” said O’Grady. “Charlton are the only team to have come in with a concrete offer for me, but I weighed up my options, discussed things with my wife and we decided it wasn’t the best move for us. We’re settled here. We moved to Sheffield about seven years ago and like living here.

“I’ve got three kids aged seven, six and three, so I had to consider them when I consider any move. But it didn’t feel right moving to Charlton although I was flattered with the interest.”

O’Grady was the Reds’ top scorer last season with 15 goals and it was widely-expected a string of clubs would be keen to secure his services.

His former club Rotherham United have been linked with a move for the striker, but O’Grady stressed that only Charlton have made any contact to try and sign him.

“Any player wants to play the best standard he can and, in an ideal world, that would have been playing for Barnsley in the Championship. But I’ve still got a year left on my contract and I will continue to do my best for the club. I’m looking forward to pre-season training.”

The Reds return to pre-season on Monday June 30 with a pre-season trip to Italy a fortnight later. However, it remains uncertain whether midfielder Jacob Mellis, who has yet to re-sign, will be a Reds’ player next season.