BARNSLEY: New boy warms to long Oakwell stay

Barnsley players training in Marbella
Barnsley players training in Marbella
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KELVIN Etuhu is ready and waiting to prove his worth to Barnsley.

The former Manchester City midfielder is one of four new players recruited by Reds’ boss Keith Hill during the summer.

He has struggled to cement a regular starting place with a club ever since he burst on to the professional scene in 2007 when he made his debut for City, so it’s refreshing for Reds supporters that the 24-year-old wants to finally make his impact.

“I’m very much looking forward to the season and the challenge,” revealed Etuhu, speaking to The Star at the club’s Benahavis training base near Marbella.

“Rather than being on loan somewhere I’m at a club where I can get my head down for a couple of years. That’s what I’ve wanted for a while.

“I nearly joined last season but because of medical reasons I didn’t, so it was nice to get the deal done.

“I went on loan to Rochdale when Keith was the manager there a few years ago and unfortunately I got a bad injury so I didn’t play as many games as I’d have liked.”

Etuhu also had brief loan stint with Leicester City and a 16-game spell with Cardiff City. Last year, having been unable to join the Reds because of a knee problem,he found himself the opportunity to play for Portsmouth in the Championship.

This season is a new challenge and fresh start for the Nigerian-born playmaker who had a brush with the law in July 2010 and subsequently served a prison sentence for his part in an assault outside a Manchester casino.

“It’s been hard training out here in the sun, but they’re a great set of lads and it’s the start of something good, so I’ve liked it,” said Etuhu.

“We’ve had a session every morning, so as soon as we’ve got back to the hotel it’s been straight to bed. You need as much rest as possible because we’ve had another session in the evening.

“It’s great to come away with the rest of the lads like this because there’s more bonding time, which I like.

“You room together and you eat together, which is obviously different to back home because you train and go home.”

Bournemouth have completed the signing of ex-Reds loan player Miles Addison.