Barnsley: Millers look to tempt O’Brien from Oakwell

Jim O'Brien has been linked with a cross South Yorkshire switch to Rotherham
Jim O'Brien has been linked with a cross South Yorkshire switch to Rotherham
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Barnsley midfielder Jim O’Brien has been linked with a move to Rotherham United.

The Star can exclusively reveal that the Millers have made enquiries about trying to sign the highly-rated Reds winger.

O’Brien, 26, has spent four seasons with Barnsley and has been offered a new contract to stay at Oakwell.

But the former Celtic and Motherwell midfielder has yet to decide on his future, although The Star understands he is keen to continue playing his football in the Championship.

And O’Brien, who is settled in Barnsley, is keen to stay in South Yorkshire for the next couple of years.

The Millers could meet O’Brien’s desires on both points, having being promoted following a dramatic penalty shootout win over Leyton Orient in the League One play-off final.

It is understood that a number of other clubs are interested in signing O’Brien ahead of the new season, although the player has stressed he will not rush over making a decision as to where he will play.

O’Brien, who has also had loan spells in Scotland with Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee United, played 32 games for the Reds last season and scored three goals.

But with the Reds having been relegated The Star understands it is highly-likely that the Scot could leave the club during the summer.

O’Brien is one of only four players to have been offered new deals at Oakwell along with fellow winger Tomasz Cywka and midfielders Jacob Mellis and Stephen Dawson.

Dubliner Dawson has already rejected his contract as he tries to secure a deal with a Championship club, while Cykwa and Mellis are both understood to be mulling over their new deals.

Striker Chris O’Grady, the club’s leading scorer last season with 13 goals, and goalkeeper Luke Steele, both have a year remaining on their current contracts.

However, The Star understands both players have also attracted a lot of attention from other clubs, a number in the Championship.

Meanwhile, the Reds will play Halifax Town away in a pre-season friendly on Saturday 12th July.