The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Joshua Richards

NEW boy Adam Arm­strong in­sists Barns­ley’s rags-to-riches story last sea­son was what tipped the scales in de­cid­ing he wanted to move to Oak­well.

The highly-rated 19-yearold striker, who fired 20 goals in a fine loan spell at Coven­try City last term, signed on loan with the Tykes af­ter Rafa Ben­itez made it clear he was not part of his first-team plans at New­cas­tle United.

And, de­spite at­tract­ing the in­ter­est of sev­eral other Cham­pi­onship and League One clubs, Arm­strong knew the Tykes were for him af­ter their stun­ning pro­mo­tion run and with their at­tack­ing mind­set.

He said: “I had a chat with Rafa Ben­itez about his plans for me and he said: ‘Look, go into the Cham­pi­onship and get some ex­pe­ri­ence some­where else where. You will prob­a­bly get more min­utes than you would at New­cas­tle’.

“I chose Barns­ley and I think it is the right club go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

“I saw them in League One a lot last year, and the story of what they pro­duced in get­ting into the play-offs was amaz­ing for the club – from where they were at Christ­mas.

“I watched them a few times this sea­son and I think they are re­ally pos­i­tive and like to get for­ward as much as they can. That is a big part of my game.”

SWITCH: Adam Arm­strong

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