Sheffield Wednesday: Reds land Owls striker O’Grady

Chris O'Grady, right, has joined Barnsley on a permanent basis from Sheffield Wednesday
Chris O'Grady, right, has joined Barnsley on a permanent basis from Sheffield Wednesday

Barnsley have today completed the signing of Sheffield Wednesday striker Chris O’Grady for an undisclosed fee, writes Dom Howson.

The Nottingham-born player, who scored six goals while on loan with the Reds last season as David Flitcroft’s side narrowly staved off the threat of relegation, has penned a two-year deal at Oakwell.

The Star understands Barnsley have paid a fee in the region of £300,000 to sign O’Grady on a permanent basis.

Barnsley initially had a bid turned down for O’Grady at the end of last season but Wednesday accepted the second offer they tabled earlier this month.

O’Grady, aged 27, made 60 appearances in all competitions for the Owls, scoring 13 goals. He scored in both Steel City derbies in the 2011/12 campaign, including the winner at Hillsborough in Gary Megson’s final match in charge.

“It’s been a bit of a journey from the end of last season to get to this point, but I am delighted to have signed and I’m looking forward to pre-season training,” he said.

“The signing this week of Dale Jennings and myself shows the club are doing the right things and looking to give this season a good push.”

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