Date: 30th January 2016 at 8:05am
Written by:

Ashley Fletcher has extended his loan with Barnsley with the Reds bringing in Jak McCourt on a permanent basis, at least a short-term permanent basis with him having the chance to earn a longer-term deal!

Fletcher’s made an impact since signing on loan from Man United on an initial one-month spell, making his debut from the bench with a goal within minutes, but an agreement has been reached to keep him at Oakwell until the end of the season.

Lee Johnson has told the Official Website how happy he is to keep him with him thankful to United for allowing this.

‘I’m really pleased and very grateful to Manchester United for allowing us to keep Ashley to the end of the season. He has been a real asset to the group since joining and has improved with each game. He’ll only get better and stronger as we go along, so we’re all extremely excited to have him on board as we head towards the business end of the season.’

He’ll now look to add to his four appearances so far with Johnson giving him his first start in the win over Bradford on Tuesday.

Fletcher himself added he’s enjoyed his spell with the 20-year-old looking to continue getting first-team experience under his belt and wants play his part in helping Barnsley continue the improvement and moves up the table.

‘I’m delighted to be staying here as I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far. The dressing room is a great place to be and I’m excited looking ahead at the games coming up. I feel I will only get better as I get more experience under my belt and I want to help the team as far up the league as possible, so who knows where we can go.’

Another 20-year-old is McCourt with him coming in on a permanent basis.

McCourt’s arrival, with him coming in after an undisclosed fee was agreed with the Premier League leaders, will see the midfielder spend the remainder of the season with Barnsley with the reds having the option to extend this by another year until the summer of 2017.

Following his arrival he, also speaking on the Official Website, said ‘he can’t wait to get started.’

‘I’m delighted to join Barnsley. It’s a massive Club and I can’t wait to get started. I want to help the Club get to where it wants to be. I like tough tackling and to get on the ball and play football, so hopefully I can get started soon.’

Barnsley Bloggers

Join The Vital Debate