Returning midfield maestro Ben Pearson is happy to be back at Barnsley for a second loan spell after impressing last season.
The 20-year-old made 22 appearances for the Reds having joined from Manchester United in January, making an immediate impact in the heart of the midfield.
Pearson had a number of clubs interested in securing his services for the upcoming campaign, but admitted it was the familiarity of the Oakwell and the playing time he enjoyed last season that swayed him to rejoin the Reds.
“I knew there was interest and I just had to pick my club wisely,” said the talented youngster. “I wanted to play games and obviously I enjoyed it here last year which was a major factor in what I decided to do, so I’m happy with everything.
“It was my first loan and I ended up playing 22 games so it was good in that aspect. I played a lot of football and I played well quite a lot so I can’t really complain for my first loan.
“Your first loan is always a bit of a taster and it’s hard to get going because it’s a new group of lads and you’ve never experienced it before. But this time round I think we can push on and do more as a team.”
Pearson pulled the strings in the centre of the park against Kilmarnock on Tuesday night, his second pre-season appearance after being thrown in at the deep end against Mansfield on Saturday.
Just hours after his return was announced, he and fellow Manchester United loanee Joe Rothwell started the game at Oakwell, which came as a quite shock.
“It was a bit of a whirlwind really, I didn’t know I was playing,” Pearson added.
“I got a call at about 11am saying I was involved. It was a bit of a surprise and it caught me a bit off guard. I was obviously a bit rusty, but it will take a few weeks to get going.”
Fellow midfield man Josh Scowen enjoyed playing alongside the loan pair on Tuesday, and believes that the 1-0 victory over Kilmarnock will continue to raise confidence levels at the club.
Meanwhile, last season’s skipper Martin Cranie has joined Championship side Huddersfield Town.
The 28-year-old was released by the Reds this summer, having made 122 appearances in three years at the club.