Barnsley: Reds land Irish midfielder Hourihane

New Barnsley signing Conor Hourihane
New Barnsley signing Conor Hourihane
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Barnsley have signed Conor Hourihane on a three-year deal from Plymouth Argyle.

The 23-year-old Irishman put pen to paper on a deal with the Reds at Oakwell this afternoon and becomes manager Danny Wilson’s third summer signing.

Wilson has already signed goalkeeper Adam Davies from Sheffield Wednesday and striker Kane Hemmings from Cowdenbeath.

Hourihane made a staggering 53 appearances for the Pilgrims last season and has won many plaudits since being made the club’s captain.

But The Star understands the player, who started his professional career as a trainee with Sunderland, was hungry to further his career in a higher division.

And a move up in divisions to League One proved an attractive proposition as Wilson got his man.

Born in Cork, Hourihane netted nine goals last season and was a key player for the Pilgrims, now managed by former Chesterfield manager John Sheridan.

Sheridan had hoped to keep Hourihane at Home Park, but the Reds are understood to have improved their original offer to land the player.