Date: 24th March 2016 at 6:25pm
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Young Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney has today returned to Barnsley and Oakwell on a loan spell which will expire in May.

The 20 year old striker was back with us for a month between November and December earlier in the campaign, and whilst with us he took in eight games with a return of two goals.

Having recently overcome an ankle injury and got an Under 21 run out earlier in the week, he returns to Barnsley today on a deal that will run until the end of the season.

There is no confirmation yet that the player has an agreement to stretch that loan spell to cover any Play Off battle.

Since returning to Newcastle given his form, he made two Premier League and two Capital One Cup appearances for them.

Speaking to the Official Site about his return, caretaker head coach Paul Heckingbottom was obviously happy with the capture.

‘We’re delighted to have someone of Ivan’s calibre back for the remainder of the season. Having worked with him earlier in the season we know what he’s all about and the strengths that he can bring to the squad. Ivan knows us well, he’s familiar with the surroundings and he knows a lot of lads, so he’ll be able to slot straight back in and carry on where he left off in December. As we have seen previously, his pace and power can cause the opposition huge problems and I’m sure he’ll be a big asset for the remainder of the season. He’s recently returned from injury with Newcastle and we have to be mindful of that, but physically he’s in great condition and ready to go.’

Toney himself was also interviewed following his return and he confirmed he was fit and ‘raring to go’.

‘It’s great to be coming back into a strong side who are we’re flying at the moment, so hopefully I can bring something extra to the team and keep them going forward. From my first spell here I know the surroundings and the area really well, so this helps me to settle back in and hit the ground running. Knowing some of the players is a big bonus – there are a few new faces but I’ll get to know them quickly and work well with them for the remaining games.’

He went on to say that he already knows it’s a good group so he’s looking forward to settling in quickly again and getting back on track with us.

‘I’ve enjoyed being back out there training with the lads this morning and I’m really looking forward to matchday tomorrow – I’m raring to go. It feels great that Paul and Tommy wanted me back here and I’m delighted to return, so I just can’t wait to get some goals and repay them and the fans. Since I’ve been back to Newcastle I’ve managed to get a few appearances off the bench both in the Premier League and Capital One Cup, so I can add that experience to my game and hopefully that will benefit the team here. The fans were brilliant with me when I was here before, so I’m going to be working hard to repay them, give them 100% in every game and continue what is turning into a great season for the Club.’

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