Barnsley: Reds ace works on fitness

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Barnsley’s midfield flyer, Keith Treacy, is delighted that his football career now appears to be right back on track following an injury-interrupted three-year spell with Burnley.

Dublin-born Treacy, aged 25, has already featured six times for the Reds this term following his free-transfer summer switch from Turf Moor.

He hasn’t scored yet, but he’s clearly impressing Reds boss Danny Wilson with his all-action performances in the run-up to the next fixture, this weekend at home against Manchester United’s League Cup conquerors, Milton Keynes Dons.

Although he featured only 75 times for the Clarets, mostly from the substitutes’ bench, Treacy looks back on his time at Burnley with fondness, but now it’s time to kick on again in League One with the high-flying Reds.

Treacy, who took in a loan spell at Wednesday between March and May 2012, said: “I’m an old-school player. I try to get the ball down, run at people and try and get the ball into the box.

“We’re working on my fitness and I’ll be doing more than some of the other lads. It’s like a pyramid for me, I’m just trying to build up my fitness because I’ve missed two or three weeks of building up to the games.

“The worse thing I could do is play not ready, pull a hamstring and be out for a couple of months.

“I still have a lot of friends at Burnley and I have to say that Sean Dyche is one of the best managers I’ve played under. I’m sure he’ll go on to great things.

“I’d actually call him a friend. He kept me in football at one stage when I was really in the depths of depression. He kept me hanging in and I’ll be forever thankful to him.

Meanwhile, the Reds have been drawn away at Sky Bet League One rivals Oldham Athletic in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The match at SportsDirect.com Park will take place during the week commencing October 6.

Exact details and a kick-off time will be revealed later this week.