LOAN signing Jamie Cureton hopes he can get his season up and running at Barnsley – with a few goals for good measure.

The sharp little striker, now 33, had been a substitute at Norwich and jumped at the chance of a spell at Oakwell.

"I was getting 10 minutes there and I just wanted to play some football and I can hopefully do that with Barnsley," said Cureton who bagged 23 goals in Colchester's first Championship campaign two seasons ago.

"Actually, with a tough set of matches coming up, I couldn't be getting here at a better time. We'll raise our game because it's a tough month ahead."

One of those matches is against Wolves and his former strike partner at Colchester in Chris Iwelumo.

The pair had a successful time together there scoring 41 goals between them in the season that Colchester finished in the top half of The Championship in 2006/07.

Cureton's first Oakwell appearance this afternoon is against one of his former clubs, Reading, who he helped gain promotion to The Championship in 2002.

Cureton said: "I'd love to open my account against them, it's always nice to score against your old club. I had three of my best years there."

He said he'd settled in well at Barnsley but did acknowledge that it was "a bit different with the different nationalities" within the squad.

He said: "I've enjoyed the training, I've partnered Jon Macken and had a session with Kayode Odejayi – then it's up to the manager."

He said he fully expects Reading to be in the promotion shake up at the end of the season -– "they are a good side and have some very good players there," he said.

The Star: 6th December 2008
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