New Barnsley midfielder Luke Berry is relishing the challenge that awaits him in the form of Sky Bet League One football this season.
Cambridge United schemer Berry, aged 22, became Reds boss Danny Wilson’s latest signing when he signed a three-year deal at Oakwell.
The new signing had a watching brief as the Reds lost 2-1 at home to a Manchester United XI in a pre-season friendly last night.
Jean-Yves M’voto scored a late consolation for the hosts, who featured Marcus Haber as a trialist.
The former Stevenage striker was replaced by Danny Rose in the second half, with the young United side two goals up at that stage thanks to a Josh Harrop double.
New boy Berry will be keen to get into action quickly to build up the momentum gathered from the 14 goals in 47 games last season as the U’s won promotion into Football League. Richard Money’s side beat Gateshead in the Conference play-off final at Wembley to book their place back in the league.
Berry said: “I first heard of interest a few weeks ago and I’m delighted the move has all gone through.
“I think I can step up and I’m excited to play with better players.”
Berry graduated from his home town club’s youth set-up, and soon established himself as a first-team regular.
In the end he made 135 appearance for Cambridge, scoring 24 goals, after making his senior debut in April, 2010.
“I’ve learned a lot and I’m grateful for that,” Berry said of his time with the U’s.
“I’m a box-to-box midfielder, and I’ll get goals.
“I like to create things and I like to think I can bring a lot to the table.
“I’m like any other player. I want to play games and be in there trying to progress.”
Barnsley might not have enjoyed a sparkling pre-season campaign so far as they gear up for life in the third tier, but midfielder Conor Hourihane believes his team are on the right track under experienced boss Wilson.
The 23-year-old Cork-born former Plymouth skipper, who scored in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against FA Cup finalists Hull City, said: “Slowly but surely the squad seems to be taking shape.
“Certainly by the time the Crawley game (the 2014-15 opener on August 9) comes we’ll have a good squad here.
“Of course promotion is what we’ll all be aiming for, but we’ll need to get off to a good start. I’m sure the fans will want us to be up there in the mix at least.”