BARNSLEY: Jim O’Brien wings in for two more years

Big hit: Jim O'Brien
Big hit: Jim O'Brien
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BARNSLEY winger Jim O’Brien has signed a new two-year deal at the club.

The Scot was a big hit at Oakwell last season and was just one of two players to have been offered a new contract.

And the 24-year-old is delighted to have put pen to paper having just returned from holiday in New York and a brief trip to Poland to watch some of the 2012 European Championships.

Speaking exclusively to The Star, O’Brien said: “I’m delighted I’ve signed. I’ve had the deal agreed for a long time, but I’ve been on holiday and my agent is in Glasgow so the paperwork has been going back and forth until I got back.

“I’m settled here at Barnsley and I love playing for the club. I’m happy here, I like Yorkshire and the fans have really taken to me.

“I live in Yorkshire, my girlfriend’s here, so I’m very settled. I’m really looking forward to the next couple of seasons working for the gaffer (Keith Hill) and Flicker (assistant manager David Flitcroft).

“Keith and Flicker were among the main reasons why I’ve decided to stay. The gaffer has been excellent, he’s given me my breathing space and not rushed me into signing a new deal.

“I felt I had a good season last season, it was shaping up to be one of the best of my career until I got injured.

“But I’m going to work really hard in pre-season to make sure I’m going to be ever better this season.”

And O’Brien is hopeful the club can sign Egyptian striker Mido today with Hill having worked hard to strengthen his side over the summer.

Former Manchester City midfielder Kelvin Etuhu and former Chelsea and Sheffield United midfielder Jaocb Mellis have both agreed to join this season, while defender Stephen Foster has signed a new one-year-deal.

But the signing of Mido, respectively, would be arguably the biggest’s signing for a number of years.

The former Tottenham and Ajax hitman is a free agent and is due for contract talks today with a deal having already been agreed in principal with the Reds.

“Mido would be a great signing for the club, he’s a great player,” added O’Brien. “He would be a big signing for the fans.”