Barnsley: Michael Smith eager to make his mark at the Reds

Lee Johnson
Lee Johnson

Swindon Town loan striker Michael Smith is hungry to make his mark at Barnsley.

The Robins’ hitman has gone to Oakwell to get some much-needed games under his belt.

Michael Smith, Barnsley's loan striker

Michael Smith, Barnsley's loan striker

And Smith hopes he can quickly rediscover the form which saw him net 18 goals for his parent club last season.

“I can’t wait to get going now,” admitted Smith. “I’m chuffed to have got a move sorted.

“I’m just going to grab the opportunity with both hands. I’ve got four months to show what I can do.

“If anything comes of my loan I’ll be over the moon, but I’ve still got a contract at Swindon if nothing comes here.

“I’d happily go back there if nothing happens here, but at the minute I’m at Barnsley player and I want to do well here.

“I’m a mobile target man and I love scoring goals, so hopefully I can bring something to the team.

“The gaffer [Lee Johnson] wanted to bring me in because he didn’t have a striker like me, which is nice to hear.

“But there’s plenty of competition for places so I’m going to have to work hard to earn my place.

“I had to adapt quickly to the Swindon style, so I can’t see why I can’t adapt quickly to the way Barnsley play football.”

Smith could make his debut for the Reds today as they host Shrewsbury Town, with their visitors having yet won in League One yet this term.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Swindon, it’s been a good club for me, but in the back of my mind I’ve always wanted to come back up north,” admitted the Wallsend-born marksman.

“It wasn’t the be-all and end-all, but it was always something I wanted to do.

“The manager has been straight with me and he’s said he can take me to the next level.

“I’m only 23 and I’ve still got a lot to learn, so hopefully I can do that with the gaffer here.

“Barnsley is a massive club and they were in the Championship for a number of years, so I’m just glad to be here.”