Barnsley have made James Bailey their fourth summer signing today, the League One side have announced.
25 year-old midfielder Bailey had been on trial with Doncaster Rovers and was reportedly close to signing for Barnsley’s League One rivals. However a delay in completing the deal caused by John Ryan’s failed takeover of Donny has enabled Barnsley to win the race for Bailey’s signature.
Bailey left Derby County this summer after making only one league appearance for the Rams this season. The former Crewe player has agreed a two-year deal to join Danny Wilson’s Barnsley outfit.
The midfielder who is also capable of playing at right-back has recent League One experience during a spell with Coventry City two seasons ago. Bailey played 30 times in the league across two loan spells for the Sky Blues.
Speaking to the club’s website, Bailey said: “I’m really pleased to sign and can’t wait to get going.
“The Manager has outlined his plans and they’re really exciting. I want to be a part of what he is building here and get back into the Championship.”
Barnsley have been in desperate need of new recruits this summer with several key players leaving the club following relegation to League One. The South Yorkshire club are expected to continue to be active in the transfer market in search of new faces in time for the new season on August 9th.