Date: 21st July 2017 at 9:28am
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Barnsley have turned to Everton again, who in fairness have looked to the Reds for players in the past too, to bring in Joe Williams on loan.

The midfielder has come to Oakwell on a season-long loan deal.

Williams, 20, has been involved in Everton’s squads for Premier League games in the past, an U23 Premier League 2 winner last season, but it yet to make his first team debut at Goodison Park.

He’s under contract at Everton until 2020 but will spend the coming season with Barnsley following in the footsteps of Gethin Jones and Callum Connolly, who have both spent time on loan in Yorkshire in recent times.

Paul Heckingbottom told the Official Website he’s been an admirer of Williams’ for a while so he was happy to bring him to Oakwell and hopes he’ll be successful, as others have with the Tykes.

‘We have been looking at Joe for a while and have been to see him play a few times. We have had success in player recruitment from Everton in recent times so I have to thank them for continuing to trust us with that. Joe will be a different type of player to what we have at the Club, as he has all the attributes and ability to be considered an all-round midfielder. We`re looking forward to him getting going and it`s important for him to now get some games in the remaining friendlies we have.’

Williams, at Everton since the age of seven, is looking forward to the challenge of the Championship and said the advice he sought from Jones, others too, was that Barnsley was the right club for this loan spell.

He told the Official Website: ‘The Championship is fast, it’s frantic, played at a high-tempo. I spoke with Gethin (Jones) who was here last season about it and he told me the atmosphere is electric and everything is so fast. I think the division should suit my game.’

Adding: ‘Everybody I’ve asked has had great words for Barnsley, they couldn’t speak any more highly of the Club and I’ve been really impressed myself since I’ve got here. I’ve met the Gaffer and he’s explained his plans for me and I feel he’s the perfect manager to bring me on as a player, to develop my game.’

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