Midfielder Conor Hourihane is relishing the chance to learn plenty from Barnsley boss Danny Wilson.
Former Plymouth playmaker Hourihane made his debut for the Reds in Saturday’s 2-0 friendly defeat to Halifax Town.
And the 23-year-old hopes the longer he stays at Oakwell, the more time he will have to blossom under Wilson’s expert tutelage.
“Hopefully I can learn a lot from him [Wilson] and develop even more as a player,” revealed Hourihane, speaking exclusively to The Star.
“You always want to improve and that’s something I’m always looking to do,
“It was a big confidence-booster knowing that Danny really wanted to sign me.
“They put in three or four bids for me, so it was nice to know I was wanted.
“Hopefully I can repay the manager’s faith in me this season. He was a great midfielder and I’m sure I can learn a lot from him.
“I learnt a lot from working under John Sheridan at Plymouth, he’s a great bloke and a great manager. And now hopefully I can learn under the new gaffer.”
And Hourihane admits moving to Oakwell is a fresh start for this career.
“I didn’t know anyone when I joined other than [assistant manager] Chris Hutchings, so it is a fresh start for me,” added Hourihane.
“It’s a new chapter in my career and I’m looking forward to it.”
Wilson and his squad start their week-long Italian training camp today with two friendly fixtures scheduled for their time abroad.
On Friday the Reds play Al Ain, last season’s United Arab Emirates Cup winners, with the fixture to be played 4pm UK time.
And that match is followed by a Sunday fixture against Italian Serie A side Torino, also a 4pm UK kick-off time.
Meanwhile, the Reds will play a Manchester United XI at Oakwell, on Tuesday 29 July (7pm) in their final pre-season game before the new season.