New Reds signing Dale Jennings declared his intent to fight for his place when pre-season training begins after signing a three-year deal yesterday.
The 20-year-old former Tranmere Rovers winger has returned to England after a two-year spell with Germany’s Champions League winning club Bayern Munich.
The signing represents a major coup for Barnsley manager David Flitcroft with Jennings arriving at Oakwell as highly-rated despite a relatively disappointing time in Bavaria where he played for Bayern’s second team.
Jennings, from Liverpool, said he is looking forward to working hard for his place in the team: “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.
“You only have to look at the second half of last season to see that Barnsley would have been in the top six based on those results so it is very exciting.”
Jennings played 28 times for Tranmere during the 2010/11 season scoring six goals and he was voted League One Apprentice of the Year at the Football League awards.
He said discussions with Flitcroft and his assistant Micky Mellon convinced him that Barnsley was the right club to join if he was to return to playing his football in England.
“I spoke to the manager and the assistant manager and they outlined the plans they had for me and I felt Barnsley was the right club to take me further,” he explained.
And he believes that playing for a club with the stature of Bayern Munich - which was disrupted midway through by an ankle injury - can only help his development as a footballer.
He said that the experience is one that can’t be taken away but he can’t wait to start life at Barnsley now: “My time at Bayern Munich has given me a different experience and I have learned a lot from it which I can bring back here.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to play football back in England where I want to be and at a high level with a club that has great plans for this season.”