O'Grady arrives to start the revamp

Chris O'Grady

Chris O'Grady

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion have launched the revamp of their strike force by completing the capture of Chris O’Grady from Barnsley.

The 28-year-old has joined the Seagulls on a three-year contract for a fee believed to be £500,000 after finalising personal terms and passing a medical at the Amex yesterday.

O’Grady is not a direct replacement for Leicester-bound Leo Ulloa. Manager Sami Hyypia is working with head of football David Burke on further additions to Albion’s firepower, as well as a goalkeeper, left-back, midfielder and winger.

Hyypia said: “This is an area we want to strengthen and Chris is a good start. He is a strong, physical presence and gives us something different to the other strikers we already have here at the club.

“You need that option in the squad of a forward with power and strength, and Chris can give us that – as well as scoring goals.

“We still want some extra attacking additions, and in other areas of the team, but I’m pleased we have another one of our targets.”

“O’Grady will be reunited with former Rochdale team-mates Will Buckley and Dale Stephens when he starts training with the squad on Monday ahead of his debut in Wednesday’s friendly at Crawley.

He is aiming to build on a 15-goal return in the Championship with relegated Barnsley and ten goals in the 2012-13 campaign, part of which he spent on loan to the Tyke from Sheffield Wednesday.

O’Grady said: "For the past two seasons I’ve hit double figures and that has been a reflection of the desire and hunger that I have to succeed at this level.

"I will always give everything, no matter who I’m playing for, but having played for Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday in the past, I know what it’s like to play for a big club – and Brighton certainly fall into that category.

"Earlier in my career playing for those clubs might have been a bit daunting for me, but at my age I know how to deal with the expectation and to win the fans over. It’s fantastic to be joining a club with such big ambitions and to be joining in the peak years of my career."

O’Grady, who flew back early from Barnsley’s pre-season training camp in the Italian Alps to complete the move, is also looking forward to meeting Hyypia and playing under him.

He said: "We’ve already spoken on the phone, as he’s been in Spain with the squad, but from what I heard it’s clear that he is a very hard-working and very organised manager. He’s also very experienced and well respected in the game, so I can only learn from someone like him."

Meanwhile, Albion will have to wait for the chance to re-sign versatile front man Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United.

Lingard has been included after all with five other youngsters in new United manager Louis van Gaal’s 25-man squad for the pre-season tour of the USA.

United’s last match in the States could be as late as August 4, five days before Albion launch their Championship campaign at home to Sheffield Wednesday, if they reach the final of the International Champions Cup.

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6:30am Sat 19 Jul 14

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

Welcome Chris, hope your move provides you with what you and albion fans need, Goals!! To finish top scorer in a very poor side last year was excellent, so hopefully playing to your strengths can only improve on that. Although it hasn't quite worked for CMS, but it shows with his hard work what a valued member of the team he is
Welcome Chris, hope your move provides you with what you and albion fans need, Goals!! To finish top scorer in a very poor side last year was excellent, so hopefully playing to your strengths can only improve on that. Although it hasn't quite worked for CMS, but it shows with his hard work what a valued member of the team he is Tony the tiger eastbourne
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6:47am Sat 19 Jul 14

daughter-of-manag says...

What a bargain!

It's interesting reading the reaction to the loss of COG from of some of the Barnsley fans ... I think we have gained their player of the year, and also one of Barnsley's jewels :

"O'Grady is our prized asset & in today's market we are letting him go for nowt knowing it'll take his transfer fee + to replace him ... I'm starting to feel that the wool as been well and truely pulled over our eyes"

I really hope Barnsley sign WH and that SOG and WH both have prolific seasons for their respective clubs.

Exciting acquisition - welcome to BHA SOG!!!
What a bargain! It's interesting reading the reaction to the loss of COG from of some of the Barnsley fans ... I think we have gained their player of the year, and also one of Barnsley's jewels : "O'Grady is our prized asset & in today's market we are letting him go for nowt knowing it'll take his transfer fee + to replace him ... I'm starting to feel that the wool as been well and truely pulled over our eyes" I really hope Barnsley sign WH and that SOG and WH both have prolific seasons for their respective clubs. Exciting acquisition - welcome to BHA SOG!!! daughter-of-manag
  • Score: 2

6:49am Sat 19 Jul 14

daughter-of-manag says...

Whoops - I meant COG ha ha
Whoops - I meant COG ha ha daughter-of-manag
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7:28am Sat 19 Jul 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

daughter-of-manag says...

What a bargain!

It's interesting reading the reaction to the loss of COG from of some of the Barnsley fans ... I think we have gained their player of the year, and also one of Barnsley's jewels :

"O'Grady is our prized asset & in today's market we are letting him go for nowt knowing it'll take his transfer fee + to replace him ... I'm starting to feel that the wool as been well and truely pulled over our eyes"

I really hope Barnsley sign WH and that SOG and WH both have prolific seasons for their respective clubs.

Exciting acquisition - welcome to BHA SOG!!!

Sorry - doesn't excite me in the least. If Hoskins goes to Barnsley and scores regularly won't we look pretty stupid?
daughter-of-manag says... What a bargain! It's interesting reading the reaction to the loss of COG from of some of the Barnsley fans ... I think we have gained their player of the year, and also one of Barnsley's jewels : "O'Grady is our prized asset & in today's market we are letting him go for nowt knowing it'll take his transfer fee + to replace him ... I'm starting to feel that the wool as been well and truely pulled over our eyes" I really hope Barnsley sign WH and that SOG and WH both have prolific seasons for their respective clubs. Exciting acquisition - welcome to BHA SOG!!! Sorry - doesn't excite me in the least. If Hoskins goes to Barnsley and scores regularly won't we look pretty stupid? B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: -8

7:33am Sat 19 Jul 14

Albion In Staffs says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
daughter-of-manag says...

What a bargain!

It's interesting reading the reaction to the loss of COG from of some of the Barnsley fans ... I think we have gained their player of the year, and also one of Barnsley's jewels :

"O'Grady is our prized asset & in today's market we are letting him go for nowt knowing it'll take his transfer fee + to replace him ... I'm starting to feel that the wool as been well and truely pulled over our eyes"

I really hope Barnsley sign WH and that SOG and WH both have prolific seasons for their respective clubs.

Exciting acquisition - welcome to BHA SOG!!!

Sorry - doesn't excite me in the least. If Hoskins goes to Barnsley and scores regularly won't we look pretty stupid?
If Hoskins goes to Barnsley and scores regularly, he'll be doing it in division one. So the answer to your question is 'no'.
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: daughter-of-manag says... What a bargain! It's interesting reading the reaction to the loss of COG from of some of the Barnsley fans ... I think we have gained their player of the year, and also one of Barnsley's jewels : "O'Grady is our prized asset & in today's market we are letting him go for nowt knowing it'll take his transfer fee + to replace him ... I'm starting to feel that the wool as been well and truely pulled over our eyes" I really hope Barnsley sign WH and that SOG and WH both have prolific seasons for their respective clubs. Exciting acquisition - welcome to BHA SOG!!! Sorry - doesn't excite me in the least. If Hoskins goes to Barnsley and scores regularly won't we look pretty stupid?[/p][/quote]If Hoskins goes to Barnsley and scores regularly, he'll be doing it in division one. So the answer to your question is 'no'. Albion In Staffs
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8:06am Sat 19 Jul 14

skylight says...

I also say, Welcome to O Grady.

His pedigree does not excite, but it seems they wanted a "physical presence" more than flair.......

I hope he does well
I also say, Welcome to O Grady. His pedigree does not excite, but it seems they wanted a "physical presence" more than flair....... I hope he does well skylight
  • Score: 2

8:23am Sat 19 Jul 14

mikeygit says...

Will we now go for Woods?? Opinions please!!
Will we now go for Woods?? Opinions please!! mikeygit
  • Score: -5

8:36am Sat 19 Jul 14

mark by the sea says...

mikeygit wrote:
Will we now go for Woods?? Opinions please!!
Will we break our wage structure for him ? But more importantly why wood he come here ( spelling clever? Lol)
[quote][p][bold]mikeygit[/bold] wrote: Will we now go for Woods?? Opinions please!![/p][/quote]Will we break our wage structure for him ? But more importantly why wood he come here ( spelling clever? Lol) mark by the sea
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10:00am Sat 19 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

Most players find the right team and squad and more importantly, manager/coach, at some time in their careers. Maybe this could be COG's time. The combination of CMS and COG could be just the right mix - strength and height alongside pace and drive. To be honest it's kind of like the hopes we had for Leo and CMS (although everyone is saying that COG is not a direct replacement for Leo).
He can obviously score goals so let's hope he can continue to do it at Championship level as he did for Barnsley last year. With the right support he could well get more than last years 15 goals.
Most players find the right team and squad and more importantly, manager/coach, at some time in their careers. Maybe this could be COG's time. The combination of CMS and COG could be just the right mix - strength and height alongside pace and drive. To be honest it's kind of like the hopes we had for Leo and CMS (although everyone is saying that COG is not a direct replacement for Leo). He can obviously score goals so let's hope he can continue to do it at Championship level as he did for Barnsley last year. With the right support he could well get more than last years 15 goals. Max Ripple
  • Score: 3

10:12am Sat 19 Jul 14

Bucket feet Duffy says...

"Fantastic to be joining a club with such Big ambitions"
"Fantastic to be joining a club with such Big ambitions" Bucket feet Duffy
  • Score: 1

10:51am Sat 19 Jul 14

tinker111 says...

mark by the sea wrote:
mikeygit wrote:
Will we now go for Woods?? Opinions please!!
Will we break our wage structure for him ? But more importantly why wood he come here ( spelling clever? Lol)
NO & NO thanks another W YES WARD
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mikeygit[/bold] wrote: Will we now go for Woods?? Opinions please!![/p][/quote]Will we break our wage structure for him ? But more importantly why wood he come here ( spelling clever? Lol)[/p][/quote]NO & NO thanks another W YES WARD tinker111
  • Score: 1

3:28pm Sat 19 Jul 14

ballantrrae says...

daughter-of-manag wrote:
What a bargain!

It's interesting reading the reaction to the loss of COG from of some of the Barnsley fans ... I think we have gained their player of the year, and also one of Barnsley's jewels :

"O'Grady is our prized asset & in today's market we are letting him go for nowt knowing it'll take his transfer fee + to replace him ... I'm starting to feel that the wool as been well and truely pulled over our eyes"

I really hope Barnsley sign WH and that SOG and WH both have prolific seasons for their respective clubs.

Exciting acquisition - welcome to BHA SOG!!!
I hope that COG and Will Hoskins (whoever he signs for) have prolific seasons as well as SOG who you refer to whoever he might be !
[quote][p][bold]daughter-of-manag[/bold] wrote: What a bargain! It's interesting reading the reaction to the loss of COG from of some of the Barnsley fans ... I think we have gained their player of the year, and also one of Barnsley's jewels : "O'Grady is our prized asset & in today's market we are letting him go for nowt knowing it'll take his transfer fee + to replace him ... I'm starting to feel that the wool as been well and truely pulled over our eyes" I really hope Barnsley sign WH and that SOG and WH both have prolific seasons for their respective clubs. Exciting acquisition - welcome to BHA SOG!!![/p][/quote]I hope that COG and Will Hoskins (whoever he signs for) have prolific seasons as well as SOG who you refer to whoever he might be ! ballantrrae
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