Chris O’Grady endeared himself to the Pirelli Stadium faithful with a debut brace in Burton Albion’s 3-0 pre-season win over Stoke City.
The striker signed for the Brewers on loan from Brighton less than 24 hours before he broke his Albion duck shortly after half time against The Potters and he is hoping that his experience at Championship level can aide his new team mates.
“It does go quick, it doesn’t feel that long ago that I was one of the younger lads but now I am one of the experienced lads and it would be good to help them along, because I have played in this league before, to express themselves and do whatever they can in the league.”
Despite having spent less than a day in his new surrounding, O’Grady struck up an instant connection with the squad, often linking with the midfield to good effect, the former Nottingham Forest man admits he was surprised by how quickly he settled in, but was quick to point out that, despite a pleasing friendly win, he is not getting ahead of himself
“It was nice, I didn’t expect it (to link up with the team so well), that’s all you really want, however long it takes and then you have to build on it.
“It (the friendly win) is good for fitness and it builds a bit of confidence and that is something to build on.”
O’Grady also said that he is feeling positive about this season’s targets.
“You have to start with a target of staying in league and then look to overachieve however you can whether that is individually or as a club,” said O’Grady.
He added: “I believe it is not about the individuals if you can get a good team spirit together and hopefully we can replicate what we did on the pitch against Stoke.”