BARNSLEY: Jim O’Brien is close to re-signing with Hill’s Reds

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BARNSLEY winger Jim O’Brien says he is “close” to signing a new deal with the Championship club.

O’Brien has been offered a two-year contract to stay at Oakwell until the summer of 2014, but the 24-year-old has until the middle of next month to accept or decline his deal.

And barring any other clubs swooping to try and prize him away from Oakwell, O’Brien is keen to build on arguably his best season at the South Yorkshire club.

“As far as I know I’ll be at Barnsley next season, we’re close to getting a deal signed,” revealed O’Brien. “I enjoy playing for the club and feel settled there now, I really enjoyed last season. I’m weighing up my options but I’d like to stay. We just need to sort a few things with my contract, but we’re nearly there.

“It’s a big thing for me to be wanted, it’s good to be part of a club who want to be successful. Keith Hill and David Flitcroft have been great with, they thrive on hard work - and that suits me down to the ground.”

O’Brien featured 32 times for the Reds last season even though injury prevented him from playing more towards the end of the campaign.

And with some trademark hard-working performances the popular Scot has endeared himself to the club’s supporters.

“It was great last season, the fans were chanting my name, which was a brilliant feeling,” added the former Motherwell and Celtic midfielder.

“I had a good start to the season, got injured, but thankfully came back right at the end of the season and was able to do my bit to keep us up.

“It’s going to be interesting to see who the manager signs in the summer, but I think we’d all like some players with Championship experience.”