HOT­SHOT ADAM’S HAPPY TO STAY A TYKE

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Luke Baker

ON-LOAN striker Adam Arm­strong was hardly able to con­tain his de­light at sign­ing an ex­ten­sion to his loan deal at Barns­ley.

The teenage for­ward started the sea­son with New­cas­tle United, but made the switch to Oak­well in a bid for first-team foot­ball, some­thing that has come to fruition with 14 ap­pear­ances and three goals.

Still only 19, Arm­strong is thought of favourably in both York­shire and the North East, over­joyed that his de­vel­op­ment can con­tinue at a place where he has slot­ted in well so far.

“This is what I wanted” he said. “This is what both clubs wanted as well. New­cas­tle prob­a­bly don’t need me up there right now and I’m over the moon to stay here at Barns­ley.

“The whole point of the loan is for me to learn and get more ex­pe­ri­ence and to do it here in a great en­vi­ron­ment can only be help­ful.

“It’s re­ally good in the dress­ing room. There’s just a real buzz around the whole place to be fair and I sup­pose that’s the case when we’re winning games.

“The boys are do­ing well in the league and we want to carry that on and see where it takes us.”

An an­kle in­jury in De­cem­ber de­nied Arm­strong the chance to add to his im­pres­sive start, re­turn­ing on Box­ing Day – a month he ad­mit­ted made frus­trat­ing view­ing on the side­lines.

And af­ter scor­ing 20 goals in 40 games for Coven­try last sea­son, the striker is hop­ing to hit the ground run­ning af­ter his lay-off.

“It’s been frus­trat­ing” he said. “I had an an­kle in­jury, and I didn’t re­ally know when I’d be back be­cause some days it’d be hurt­ing and then oth­ers it’d be fine.

“When you’re in­jured you know oth­ers will get their chance and they’ve been do­ing very well for us but I know what I have to do.”

GLEE: Adam Arm­strong

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