Barnsley: two singings arrive at Oakwell

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Marcus Pederson has his fulfilled life-time ambition of playing in England, following his move to Barnsley, writes Tom Bestwick.

The 23-year-old striker, who has played at every international level for Norway including two caps as a senior international, completed a season-long loan deal to Barnsley yesterday from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

Pederson has scored 50 goals over a total of 125 career appearances, which consists of various loan spells after struggling to cement a place in the Vitesse first-team since joining for £1.2 million in 2010.

“I’m really pleased to be here and I am looking forward to it” Pederson said, “I have always wanted to play in England. I think the game here will suit me. I am impressed with the people and the set-up at Barnsley.

“I’m looking forward to playing here at Oakwell and in the Championship. There are some very big clubs in the Championship and it’s a good league to be in. Barnsley create a lot of chances so hopefully I will be the last one on the ball to score a lot of goals.”

This afternoon, the Reds announced another signing at Oakwell, winger Paddy McCourt, formerly of Celtic.

The 29-year-old former Northern Ireland international has signed a one-year deal after his contract expired at Celtic expired at the end of last season.

McCourt was on the verge of signing for Celtic’s Scottish Premier League rivals Hibernian, but following a trial period at Oakwell, Flitcroft, a former team-mate of McCourt, beat the Hibs to his signature ahead of this weekend’s game against Blackburn Rovers.