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Conor Hourihane on why the move to Barnsley is a step in the right direction

23 June 2014

Conor Hourihane was delighted to be unveiled as Barnsley’s latest signing. The 23 year-old from Ireland had spent three seasons at Plymouth Argyle before moving to Barnsley for an undisclosed fee and signing a three year contract at Oakwell. 

“Barnsley is a very appealing club for me to come to. It’s a step up for me. I am a very ambitious footballer and I am looking forward to the challenge,” said Conor Hourihane. 

“I really loved my time at Plymouth, but when an opportunity like this comes up you can’t turn it down. Barnsley were really keen on signing me and that was a good confidence booster. 

“Barnsley’s ambition go get back up to the Championship is something I want to be a part of. It’s something I’ll be striving to help the team to do and I’m looking forward to it. 

“I didn’t want to come to any team and leave a good club like Plymouth just to play League One football, I wanted to come to a club that had ambitions and wants to go places. Barnsley definitely fit that bill and promotion is the main aim. 

“I like to get box to box and try and score as many goals as I can. Last season was my best so far in terms of goals, which I want to equal or better this season. 

“Last season was very good for me, especially the second half and I am really looking to build on that and take it forward with Barnsley and be successful."

When asked about what he has added to his game over the last season Hourihane said, “Probably goals. A goal scoring midfielder is what every team wants and it’s something I want to keep doing. I said to Danny Wilson sometimes when I come off the pitch I’m disappointed when I haven’t scored, so I’ve developed that kind of mental attitude to scoring goals.” 

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