Dale homes in at Oakwell after German adventure

Dale Jennings, at Oakwell after a two year stay at Bayern Munich
Dale Jennings, at Oakwell after a two year stay at Bayern Munich
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When a promising 18-year-old leaves a third-tier club in England because he’s signed by Bayern Munich, no wonder people take notice.

Hardly anybody outside Birkenhead had heard of Tranmere’s talented young winger Dale Jennings but plenty did so when he made that unexpected move to Germany two years ago.

Perhaps it’s fair to say that many had largely forgotten about him since except to ponder whatever had happened to that young lad.

Well, he’s back and it’s also fair to say that Barnsley signing someone from Bayern Munich is something to get people talking. It’s not the normal football transfer route.

As for the young man in question - Jennings, 20, is just glad to be back and looking forward to the sort of environment he is more familiar with. “It was a good opportunity and good experience, and interesting to see how it operates out there. The Germans are serious, intense, disciplined, and it was a good education for me.

“I went out there at 18 and it took six months to settle but I think it has made me more mature and I think I come back a better player.

“But I couldn’t get in the first team - it’s a massive club and we are talking some of the best players in the world - and it got to the stage where I’d to think about my future.”

He had played over 30 games for Bayern’s second team but suffered a bad ankle injury at one stage. “I spoke with the manager [David Flitcroft] and it felt the right club for me,” said Jennings who operates on the left but can fill different roles.

There are reports from Germany that the deal between the clubs was worth £250,000.

Flitcroft said: “I’ve been tracking Dale for a long time, if we make him become a team player, then we have a real player on our hands.”

Barnsley are currently in Spain and may look at a couple of players on trial. They are hoping to have a home friendly against foreign opposition on Friday, July 12.