Oakwell spell earns Kieran recognition

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KIERAN Trippier has set his sights on forcing his way into Manchester City’s first-team set-up following a productive loan spell at Barnsley.

The full-back, who can also operate in midfield, was farmed out on loan to the Reds last August after being deemed surplus to requirements at Premier League aristocrats Manchester City.

Trippier has caught the eye at Oakwell, making 41 appearances in total and playing a major role in Mark Robins’ team recording their highest league finish for a decade.

Now, having enhanced his burgeoning reputation in South Yorkshire, Trippier wants to be given an opportunity to stake a claim for a first-team place with the Blues.

Trippier, whose contract is set to expire at Eastlands in 2012, said: “The City scouts have been watching me here and I think I’ve proved my point. I think my game has improved a lot at Barnsley and I’ve enjoyed every minute.

“I will go back to City for pre-season and hopefully show the manager how good I am.”

It was a week ago Trippier was called up to the provisional England Under-21 squad for the UEFA European Championship in Denmark and he added: “If it wasn’t for this loan spell, I don’t think I’d be in the U21 squad.”

Meanwhile, Barnsley have agreed to terminate the contract of Hugo Colace. The Argentian, the club’s Player of the Year in 2010, has not featured since the 4-2 victory over Bristol City last month.