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Jake Charles: "I'm looking forward to showing the club what I've got."

8 September 2016

Deadline day signing Jake Charles spoke to the media for the first time following his move from Huddersfield Town.

Barnsley youngster Jake Charles feels the Reds have given him a fresh start as he prepares for life at Oakwell.

The Wales Under 21 international is gearing up for his first training session with his new teammates, having been away on international duty earlier in the week.

The Reds striker explained how his move from West-Yorkshire to South-Yorkshire came about and how he is excited about linking up with Development Coach, Chris Howarth.

He said, “I used to work with Chris at Huddersfield Town and he picked me up again. When he knew about my situation at Huddersfield, he gave me a ring and I was keen on coming.

“It’s a fresh start for me at Barnsley and I’m looking forward to showing the fans and the club what I’ve got.

“I wanted to find out what my situation was early and what was going on with regards to my contract and it turned out I wasn’t getting a new deal, it was time to look elsewhere and I found Barnsley.

“I knew for a while it could be the case, I’d been at Huddersfield for a long time but in football you have to move on every now and then and have a fresh start.

“In recent years, they’ve seen the likes of John Stones and Mason Holgate come through the ranks, Barnsley produce players and that’s somewhere I want to be, in the first team.”

Moving from the John Smith’s Stadium to Oakwell is a challenge Charles is looking forward to and he cannot wait to get started.

Charles said, “It’s my first day today and I’m looking forward to getting going and start training. There’s also a game for the Under 23s tomorrow and hopefully I can get in the side for that.

“For me it’s producing consistent performances in the U23s and we'll see where it goes.”

The 20-year-old outlined what the fans can expect to see from him during his time at Oakwell.

He hopes to be the next in a long production line of Reds youngsters that have made the step up into the first team and on to bigger and better things.

The Wales Under 21 international also feels that learning from Welsh international Tom Bradshaw will aid his development further, both into the Reds first team and the Welsh national team.

“I’ve got a lot of pace and I like to run in behind the back four and defenders. Tom Bradshaw is a Wales international and a good striker as well.

“I look at all the players and their game to see what I can pick up to make myself a better player.  

“When you see players like that who are full Wales internationals, you do look up to them,” he added.

“Wales U21s are a side that I’m proud to represent and I came off the bench to score in midweek and I still look forward to getting away with the squad.

“When we’re away, the coaches tell us there’s a path to get in the senior squad with good performances and there’s no reason why that can’t happen and I can do the same here at Barnsley.

“All I have to do is produce good performances and hopefully catch the manager’s eye.” 

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