BARNSLEY: Wing ace on the brink of extending Reds stay

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BARNSLEY winger Jim O’Brien is on the verge of signing a new two-year contract at the Championship club.

The Star understands O’Brien has agreed to pen a deal to keep him at Oakwell until 2014 having been one of only two players offered new deals to stay at the club.

Experienced centre-back Stephen Foster signed a new one-year contract last month having agreed to extend his Reds’ career - and now O’Brien is poised to follow suit.

“I thought Jim was brilliant for us last season, he’s made a great decision to stay with us,” manager Keith Hill told The Star,

“It’s good for Jim and it’s good for us that he’s staying, he’s given himself a great opportunity to build on his success last season.

“Jim has endeared himself to me and Flicker [assistant boss David Flitcroft], to the other players and the supporters; he’s been a credit to the club.

“When I came here last season some people were telling me he’d had a bad season, but he worked hard last season and deserved his new deal.

“He was brilliant for us on the pitch last year but this season we need him to spend more time on the pitch next season. He was injured a lot, so we need him on the pitch more so he can have an affect on things.

“I’m glad he’s staying. He believes in what we’re doing here and wants to be part of the success we’re looking for.”

Meanwhile Reds director Don Rowing admits the Reds remain in limbo surrounding out-of-contract skipper Jacob Butterfield. The midfielder has until June 19 to make a decision on his future.

“We’ve gone by the book and made our offer and we’re in the dark at the moment,” said Rowing.