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Promising Week For Reds As Attacking Duo Sign

Friday June 21 2013

Chris O'Grady Chris O'Grady

A FLURRY of transfer activity has seen Barnsley Football Club sign two players this week.

First up was Dale Jennings, a player who shone in his time playing for Tranmere Rovers. After breaking into the first team at Prenton Park, he caught the eye of bigger clubs. He signed for Bayern Munich at the age of 18 - having played just 32 times for Tranmere.

His time in Germany wasn't as promising as many thought it would be for the ex-Liverpool trainee. Jennings' habituation was hindered after he suffered multiple ligament tears in his ankle, sidelining him until March 2012. He went on to make 36 appearances for the German giants' second team.

A skilful winger, Jennings is blessed with pace, an eye for goal and is set to be an important acquisition for the Oakwell club. At just 20 years of age he's back in England with almost a point to prove after bursting onto the scene. At Championship level, I for one think it's a great signing and for £250,000 the Reds have made a sound investment in a promising young talent.

"You only have to look at the second half of last season to see that Barnsley would have been in the top six so it's very exciting," said Jennings. "I can't expect to turn up and play every week. I will have to work hard and do well for the team to earn the opportunity."

A day later, Wednesday saw the Reds bring in a player who made quite an impact during his loan spell at Oakwell in the second half of last season.

Chris O'Grady signed a two-year deal and it's thought that the Reds paid Sheffield Wednesday around £300,000 for the fan favourite. Barnsley initially had a bid turned down at the end of last season, but Wednesday accepted the second offer they tabled earlier this month.

The 27-year-old striker made 16 appearances in his loan spell last season, scoring six goals. These included crucial strikes against Derby, Hull and Huddersfield at the very end of the season, O'Grady playing a huge role in the Reds' heroic survival.

"I’m looking to continue where I left off last season and get goals," he said. "We know what we can do if we perform and if we can repeat our form of 2013 then we can achieve what we want to."

With two attacking players already in the bag, where would you like to see the Reds spending more money? I'd like to see the defence being strengthened. Who else would you like to see in a Barnsley shirt next season? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Luke on Friday June 21 2013 at 12:16
I'd personally like to see another striker who can play up with O'Grady. Don't get me wrong, Daggers and Scotland are decent players but I think we need a little extra something in that final third. I know there has been rumours about Jon Stead but I don't think he would be our best option. But I could be wrong!
And now seen as Fozzy has gone, we definitely could do with a big, leading, centre half to tighten up our defence. No idea who but I'm sure Flitcroft can work his magic! :)

Reply Posted by neil gledhill on Sunday June 23 2013 at 13:39
would nice to see a exprince defender and an atacking midefilder but i put belife in flikkers to what players he gets cos he is the man who going to drive us forward looking forward to this season

Reply Posted by Wenham on Sunday June 23 2013 at 14:07
Two very good signings by flicker. Defiantly a good return on the cards should Jennings impress in his oakwell stay.
Agree that a another striker required who can finish on a regular basis... The lad from Scotland seems a good option. Weather he will come to a small club like us I'm not too sure as there's bound to be other clubs in for him. Another central defender definitely required.
Carnt for the life of me understand why the club has not offered Steele a longer deal. I think there is something more to this than meets the eye. There is no logical reason why you don't offer one of the best players at the club, a goalkeeper at 28 years of age a 2 or 3 year deal.
On the grapevine it appears he was the highest paid player at the club, the new deal is less money and obviously only 1 year. I think for a long serving, consistant performing player, i think that is a insult....I seriously don't think Steele will be a Barnsley player next season.
And god help us if Flicker thinks Alnwick is our next Number 1 which he is quoted as saying in a newspaper should Steele not sign.