TOM Kennedy is expected to sign a six-month contract with Barnsley today.
The Star has learnt that defender Kennedy is key to new manager David Flitcroft’s plans as he looks to help the club retain their Championship status.
Kennedy has been playing at Oakwell on non-contract terms since September, with either party able to cancel their arrangement at any time.
The 27-year-old made his debut in the Reds’ 5-0 win at Birmingham City, but has only just returned to the side now Flitcroft has taken over.
Kennedy played his first game for over two months in the 2-1 away defeat to Peterborough United on New Year’s Day, followed by a 68-minute run out in a FA Cup win over Burnley.
He then impressed in the club’s 2-0 home derby victory over Leeds United.
Kennedy’s non-contract agreement was due to expire this month, so Flitcroft has moved quickly to keep the former Bury, Rochdale, Peterborough and Leicester City player at the club until the end of the campaign.
Reds director Don Rowing said: “Tom is signing a new contract with us, which is great news for everyone.”
Flitcroft has yet to sign his own contract but is expected to soon, while his assistants Micky Mellon and Martin Scott have both been offered deals until the end of the season.
* The Reds’ home clash with Millwall has been moved to January 29.