FORMER Burnley winger Keith Treacy could make his debut for Barnsley this afternoon.
The Irishman has penned a two-year contract at Oakwell this week and may feature in today’s League One clash at home to Crawley Town.
Treacy’s deal with Burnley expired in June and he was not offered a new contract.
Boss Sean Dyche did however extend the opportunity for the 25-year-old to return for pre-season and try to earn a new deal.
Treacy opted not to take up that opportunity and has now moved to Barnsley and link up with manager Danny Wilson.
He previously had success in League One during a loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday, who he helped to promotion.
After signing up at Oakwell, Treacy said: “I’m delighted. The clock was ticking down to the start of the season.
“I was wanting to get back on to the pitch and back to playing football again. Barnsley have given me the opportunity to do that and I am delighted to be here.
“When I was talking to Danny Wilson he laid out where he wanted to take the club and I was happy to come and be a part of that.
“Hopefully we will be able to get out of League One as soon as possible.”
Treacy was first contacted by Barnsley at the end of last season but decided to return to Dublin for a before making a decision on his future.
He said: “The promotion run-in with Burnley then getting released left me quite drained. I wanted a break to enjoy what we’d achieved. I needed time with my family.”
Treacy was visited by Wilson as the Barnsley boss attempted to persuade the wide man to move to Oakwell.
“It was nice for him to come and meet me,” Treacy said.
“Starting on Saturday is realistically out of my grasp and probably Tuesday is as well.
“If I am lucky I might get a couple of minutes in both those games.
“I am doing double sessions.
“It’s just about building up the training sessions and the games and then, in a few weeks, I will have hopefully caught up.
“I don’t want to go too fast and pull a muscle then miss two or three months.”