Date: 12th November 2015 at 6:52pm
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No, this isn’t a returning former player coming back to Barnsley in a playing capacity on this occasion, this is a returnee in a coaching role.

The Official Website has confirmed the return to Barnsley of Martin Devaney with the former Reds winger, who made over 170 first-team appearances for the club in his playing days, taking up a coaching role at Oakwell.

Devaney is back at the club having been appointed as a Professional Development Phase Coach.

This return is something he’s not only, obviously, ‘pleased’ with he said he’s chomping at the bit to get going.

‘I’m really pleased. I’m really excited to get going. I can’t wait to get on the grass.’

What does this role actually mean?

It’ll see Devaney work with the Academy at U18 and U21 levels helping those players, and the coaches at those levels, make the transition from one level to another and ultimately into the first-team all being well.

He added.

‘I will be assisting both Chris Howarth (Lead U18s Coach) and Paul Heckingbottom (Senior Development Coach), so that bridge between the Under 18s and Under 21s – developing the younger players.

‘I want to help improve them as players and make them better prepared when they step out on Oakwell.’

Such a move is another clear indication that Head Coach Lee Johnson continues to have the full backing and support of the board.

Which he clearly does as if he didn’t they wouldn’t have allowed him to move into the transfer market again in midweek to bring in Ivan Toney on loan from Newcastle and bring back free agent Adam Hammill until January, at least.

Johnson’s also spoken to Sky Sports saying he’ll ‘never give up’ with the poor run, a return to winning ways, players coming in and various other things discussed.

Johnson Will Never Give Up – Click Here.

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