Bailey signs for Barnsley

James Bailey: pic courtesy of Barnsley FC
James Bailey: pic courtesy of Barnsley FC
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Barnsley have signed former Derby County midfielder James Bailey on a two-year deal this evening.

Bailey, aged 25, had been on trial at Doncaster Rovers having been released by the Rams at the end of last season.

But a proposed move to the Keepmoat Stadium fell through and Bailey is now Oakwell bound for the pending League One season.

Bailey started his career with Crewe Alexandra and spent three seasons with the Railwaymen before a permanent switch to Derby in 2010.

He made 59 appearances for the Rams but spent much of 2012 and 2013 on loan at Coventry City.

Last season Bailey played just two appearances for the Rams before being released from Pride Park.

He becomes the Reds’ fourth summer signing following the departure of a string of players from Oakwell.

Bailey follows goalkeeper Adam Davies, midfielder Conor Hourihane and striker Kane Hemmings as new recruits for the Reds’ first season back in League One following relegation from the Championship last term.

“I’m really pleased to sign and can’t wait to get going,” said Bailey.