Barnsley: George Moncur and Elliott Lee to be unveiled by Tykes

George Moncur in action for Colchester
George Moncur in action for Colchester
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Midfielder George Moncur and striker Elliott Lee will officially be unveiled at Oakwell today.

The club had planned to unveil Moncur yesterday, but instead decided to do a double signing with his former West Ham teammate Lee.

Moncur agreed terms to sign with the Reds last Monday, but the Championship club have had to wait to unveil the 22-year-old because he was on his summer holiday.

And the Reds, who have signed the player for an undisclosed fee, have had to pay Colchester compensation because he is aged under-24.

Moncur had been offered a new contract at Colchester, but he decided a move to Oakwell and the chance to play in the English second tier was to good to turn down.

A product of West Ham’s Academy system, Moncur scored 14 times last season for the U’s – and twice against the Reds.

Meanwhile Lee, another of the Hammer’s Academy set-up, will join Moncur in South Yorkshire as another welcome addition to Paul Heckingbottom’s developing side.

Striker Lee, 21, played with Moncur at Upton Park and also on loan at Colchester United, where he played 15 games last season.

Lee agreed personal terms with the Reds last week and Moncur tweeted: ‘So buzzing my boy @ElliotLee9 joining me # tag team’.

Lee responded by tweeting: ‘@bfc_official @ ElliottLee9 my Man no one can break us’.

Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw remains on the Reds’ summer acquisition list, as does Plymouth Argyle defender Curtis Nelson.

Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher and Charlton Athletic winger Callum Harriet are also still on the Reds’ recruitment radar.

Meanwhile, former Academy player and talented midfielder Paul Digby left Barnsley yesterday and signed for Championship rivals Ipswich Town on a permanent deal.

Digby, who has represented England Under-19s and 20s, penned a one-year deal with the Tractor Boys with the option of a one-year extension.

The 21-year-old played six times for Ipswich last season and commented: “I’ve had a great ten years at Barnsley, I learnt my trade there and I’m so grateful to all the coaches and all the great people I’ve met there.

“I wish them all the best for the new season.”

Ironically Barnsley are away to Ipswich on the opening day of the new season and Digby added: “You couldn’t make it up, it’s a great fixture for me!”

Digby made his debut for the Reds aged 16 back in 2011 and went on to play 25 times for the first-team.

But he has since been converted into a centre-back under Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy.

A Barnsley FC statement confirmed the move: “The Club would like to thank Paul for his efforts and wish him the best of luck in his future career.”