Barnsley: Out-of-favour Berry makes Cambridge return

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Out-of-favour midfielder Luke Berry has left Barnsley to rejoin Cambridge United.

The 22-year-old has been given permission to leave this summer despite still having two years left remaining on a three-year contract.

The playmaker, who only joined the club last summer, struggled to command a regular starting role.

And with competition for midfield places fierce in the team, Reds’ boss Lee Johnson was happy to put Berry on the transfer market.

Cambridge approached Barnsley a fortnight ago with an offer for Berry but, after negotiations, returned with an improved bid and the Reds agreed to let him go.

“Luke is a very good player but we’ve got a lot of midfielders, so we felt it was fair to make him available,” Johnson told The Star. “We’re very strong in midfield so there’s a lot of competition, so maybe it’s time for a new challenge for Luke.

“We’re still looking to bring in some new players, but it’s in defence and in attack where we’re really looking.

“We’ve made a couple of good signings and are delighted a couple of players have signed new contracts, but the recruitment continues.”

Forward Milan Lalkovic has also been transfer listed.

And with winger Marley Watkins having recently been signed to bolster Johnson’s attacking options, Lalkovic hopes of staying and fighting for a starting berth have diminished.

Meanwhile Barnsley chief executive Ben Mansford is happy with the business the club have done

Mansford said: “In terms of our two new signings, well I think they show the change in dynamic of our recruitment since I came here two years ago.

“At the end of the day we want players who are absolutely committed to Barnsley and seeking to get us back into the Championship at the first opportunity.

“Marc Roberts has far more opportunities [to join other clubs], but he’s a local boy and he made it clear to his agent that Barnsley was the place he wanted to go. We’re delighted to have him.

“And Marley Watkins is very exciting. Last season he performed week in, week out at a very high standard.”

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