Sheffield Wednesday: Departed O’Grady makes Owls pledge

Chris O'Grady
Chris O'Grady

Chris O’Grady will not celebrate this season if he scores against former club Sheffield Wednesday.

Striker O’Grady penned a two-year deal with South Yorkshire and Championship rivals Barnsley this week.

And, speaking exclusively to The Star, the ex-Owls hitman revealed: “I wouldn’t celebrate if I scored against Sheffield Wednesday out of respect to the fans.

“I’m looking forward to playing them next season. It will be a good occasion because the fans have always been great with me.

“But at the end of the day it’s just another day at the office for me. I’m professional and always have been.

“It will be good to go back to Wednesday and play at Hillsborough, but it will also be good to host them at Oakwell.

“The thing is, you can build games up too much and, although it will be nice to play Sheffield Wednesday, you don’t want to put too much pressure on yourself.”

O’Grady enjoyed his two-year spell with the Owls, but admits it was hard to continually fight for a place.

But the 27-year-old has stressed that he won’t take anything for granted at Barnsley even though he is expected to be a first-choice striker next season.

He said: “I felt I had unfinished business at the club last season and I thought I started the season well, but it became clear I wasn’t wanted for whatever reason.

“But I’ve always given my best for the club and tried my hardest.

“I think they need to get some new players in for next season, especially because some of the players there now don’t seem to be part of the plans.

“Manager Dave Jones needs to get in players he regards as his own.

“If he does that then I’m sure they’ll do well this season.”