Haynes has something to prove against former club Ipswich
DANNY Haynes, the player who will always have a special place in the hearts of Ipswich Town fans for the way he used to terrorise Norwich City, is gunning for blood tomorrow.
The 23-year-old speed merchant signed for Barnsley last month and is set to be included in the Tykes team for their Championship match against Town at Oakwell (kick-off 3pm).
And since moving from Bristol City to Yorkshire he can’t stop scoring having netted three times in five games.
And the man who scored in virtually every Town game he played against the Canaries at all levels for Ipswich feels he has something to prove.
Eighty five of his 128 Town appearances were off the substitutes’ bench leading Haynes to say: “I feel as though I did not get the games I needed at Ipswich.
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“I really wanted to start there and push on but it didn’t happen for me.
“I know I have the ability and the talent and it is all about being at the right club who can bring it out of me.”
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Haynes has also revealed the debt he owes to his former Town team mate Darren Bent now valued at �24million and beginning to make his mark on the England scene.
“Darren was my idol, someone I looked up to” explained Haynes, who was a member of Town’s 2005 FA Youth Cup winning team.
“I have benefitted from his advice and he told me to knuckle down, be focussed, listen and to learn.
“I still watch him closely and I always knew he had the ability. He is an underrated player when you look at the goals he has scored.
“Darren has done great things in his career and his goal record is one of the best.”
And talking about how his career has been lifted by his move to Barnsley, Haynes went on: “I really felt as though my career had hit a standstill at Bristol City and this is a chance to re launch it.
“I think Barnsley can get the best out of me and it is the right move
“Mark Robins did not have to sell this club to me. He made me feel really welcome and told me exactly what he wanted.
“He did not beat around the bush and I respect that. I have to show that back by working hard and making sure he gets the very best from me”.
“Barnsley is a very nice club to be at and I feel as though I have settled in already. Everybody has been very, very friendly since I have been here and I really like it here.
“I just want to play games and get my goal ratio up.
“This season is all about getting to know people and kicking on as a player.
“I would not have gone there unless I thought I could develop as a player by working with Mark Robins.
“It is a great club and I feel that everybody can help me to be the best player I can possibly be”.