Cameron McGeehan admits it is fitness first this summer as he looks to make a real impact for the Reds next season.
The club finally got their man last summer after previously being interested in the playmaker the January before - despite him being on the sidelines with a broken leg.
McGeehan’s 2017 got off to the worst possible start when he suffered the horror injury at Portsmouth.
The creative midfielder was shipped off to Scunthorpe on loan in January after scoring just once in 10 appearances for the South Yorkshire club.
McGeehan said: “My focus over the summer is fitness. I know what it’s like in League One now and I want to work hard to be at my best.
“It’s a big pre-season for me now. I haven’t felt fully, fully fit all season so I want to have a small break, then just work as hard as I can to get as fit as I can in what is going to be a big season for Barnsley.
“This was always going to be a season where I was going to have to work hard and get myself back into things. Over the last couple of months I’ve really began to feel I am back to my best in terms of my body.”
McGeehan sat down with former boss Paul Heckingbottom about the plan of action in January and between them they decided it was best for the player to get game time under his belt.
He added: “I wasn’t match fit and after my leg injury it was key that I had to do that so Paul said he thinks I should go out and play every week.
“Scunthorpe was the best option for me at the time, it’s relatively local to Barnsley and they were flying when I joined them so it all seemed to be a good fit.”