BARNSLEY: Jim O’Brien follows Jacob Mellis in signing Reds deal

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BARNSLEY winger Jim O’Brien will sign a new two-year contract today.

It follows the signing yesterday of former Chelsea and Sheffield United midfielder Jacob Mellis on a two-year deal.

There could be another signing tomorrow with Egypt international striker Mido due at Oakwell for talks.

O’Brien told The Star: “I’m happy at Barnsley and really looking forward to next season.”

Mellis has become Keith Hill’s second summer signing, following the arrival of former Manchester City midfielder Kelvin Etuhu.

Mellis, who started his youth career with the Blades, was shown the door by Chelsea in April this year after he and a teammate set off a smoke grenade that caused an evacuation of the club’s training ground at Cobham, Surrey.

The following month, the player was arrested after a fight with his girlfriend in their Cobham home and cautioned by police for common assault and criminal damage. He has since been a free agent.

The 21-year-old played 15 games on loan for the Reds in 2011.

Reds boss Hill told The Star: “We’ve chatted with Jacob and he’s keen to get his career back on track.

“A lot of questions still need to be answered, but he’s a very talented player and if he works hard, shows endeavour and works closely with us, then I’m sure he’s got a very bright future.

“It’s down to Jacob. Having spoken to him, I believe he’s accepted the challenges ahead and hopefully we can tap into his potential.

“There are no guarantees but it’s a good chance for him to show how good a player he is.”