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O'Grady makes Barnsley loan switch

Wednesday striker Chris O'Grady has joined Barnsley on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Reds have been interested in the 27-year-old for some time and have finally got their man as new boss David Flitcroft looks to haul the Tykes out of the Championship's bottom three.

O'Grady, who arrived at Hillsborough from a successful spell at Rochdale, had fallen down the pecking order this season under Owls boss Dave Jones, who has been keen to let players go in order to bolster his squad with new additions this month.

The striker played a big role in aiding Wednesday's promotion from League One last season but has not had the same impact at a higher level.

He could feature for Barnsley on Saturday when they look to continue their good form against Blackpool.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 31 2013

Time: 7:27PM

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Sometimes I can't help but feel Chris has been persecuted by the management at SWFC, that not only have his best efforts been unappreciated but his regular omission from team duties has been a deliberate attempt to undervalue his contribution to the squad. Would it surprise anyone that he might feel he has a point to prove or that he's likely to play out of his skin over the coming weeks in order to prove his doubters wrong? So why in hell's name loan him out to a local rival currently in the same position as ourselves, scrapping for survival? I won't blame CO'G if he bags 6,8,10 goals between now and the season's end because given the chance he'd have been more than happy to do the same for us.
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31/01/2013 20:37:00

Dingles have come up trumps on this one why should we carry on being suprised we did it with Beevers I for one will no longer be suprised unless we actually buy someone with pound notes, sheckles, rupees, dollars mind you it might be an IOU
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31/01/2013 20:59:00

We've not got much back up if Lita gets injured, senseless D.J, can't see us signing anybody tonight I've just seen D.J at Leicester match.
ecco owl
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31/01/2013 21:47:00

Is that true? DJ at Leicester, I mean. Maybe he's lined up an 11th hour double swoop for Ben Marshall & Danny Batth! Sorry? No, it's okay nurse I'll come quietly...
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31/01/2013 21:59:00

Is that true? DJ at Leicester, I mean. Maybe he's lined up an 11th hour double swoop for Ben Marshall & Danny Batth! Sorry? No, it's okay nurse I'll come quietly...
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31/01/2013 22:00:00

Is there an echo in here?
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31/01/2013 22:01:00

What a shambolic state of affairs. This guy gives 110% every time he pulls a shirt on. OK so he's not the most talented but the effort was always there & it surely rubs off on others around him. What with this decision and sending Rodri back, neither were given a proper chance to shine and one of our best performances against Birmingham featured these two up front. According to DJ we needed to allow players to leave in order to free up some cash for new arrivals before the window closed What happened there then? I suppose we are now waiting for the Emergency Loan window to open. I've come to the realisation every time DJ opens his mouth the truth does not come out......
dooleys left leg
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01/02/2013 08:24:00

I like COG full effort every time but ultimately he is not going to score enough goals at this level (he will probably prove me wrong now). If he isn't going to start then he wouldn't be the player I would be looking at to come off the bench and grab a goal. Ryan Lowe on the other hand is a goal poacher and I reckon he would have continued to score goals for us in the championship and there is no way I would have let him go.
Hirsty's Shinpads
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01/02/2013 12:16:00

Its been a funny season so far with a good start, then complete rubbish and now things are picking up. I have been as critical of DJ as most others. However my confidence in him is returning and think I can see what he is trying to do. OK he has made some howlers (Taylor, Mattock) in the transfer market but has also been a bit unlucky too. For me the biggest mistakes have been trying to change things too quickly, building a team inexplicably around Barkley and sticking with Bothroyd. this has been exasperated by the players he has bought with any quality (Corry, Mcabe) being too young to bed in straight away. Any decent manager starts at the back and works forward IMO. We now have a good defence and midfield but the front line needs working on and is a work in progress. Whilst i may like or appreciate what certain players have done honestly don't believe that any players we have sold or sent on loan are that good. Also if needs to release players to get more in then he has no option OK he has brought in some players (pecnik, rodri and mcquire) who haven't played but he will have made his mind up on the training ground. I am quietly optimistic at the moment and am looking forward to next year. There is no way we will go own, and if there were 7 or 8 more games than there is who knows we could have been knocking on the play off door. I feel it has been a good consolidation year so far.
Radon Barrier
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01/02/2013 14:01:00

I don't feel consolidated. I feel like I've been whipped about by a wild wind. Before Christmas the side had the feel that it would have had if it been dragged through a hedge backwards - a bit shocked to be out the other side and hair all over the place. Now though the work they are doing seems very solid and sometimes exciting. We need to continue this. I'm unclear how changing things with loans out is going to do this. Players are not just cogs (no pun intended) to be slotted in and out. What you take away from a group with a loan out could be more important than what you get with an unknown loan back in. That's why I was heartened to see consistency in Helan's return. Who holds the ball up better than COG?
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01/02/2013 14:44:00

more or less agree with both of the above comments. ultimately I do believe that this guy does have what it takes and whilst it may be a bit rocky whilst he moves things around we are heading in the right direction. i have maintained this stance all along and as I have said before at some stage we needed to back one of our many managers!
Hirsty's Shinpads
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02/02/2013 10:58:00

It sure ain't boring, haha. Peaks and troughs? It's like we expect to sign up for a rollercoaster ride every summer but so far this one takes the biscuit. No doubt MM will hope we race round to the ticket office all set to go again, but I kind of suspect some of us might tumble off on all fours and go throw up over the nearest hedge!
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