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Midfielder Josh Benson has joined Barnsley today for an undisclosed fee and has signed a four-year deal with the Championship club.

It brings and end to his time at Burnley which started when he came on trial from Arsenal towards the end of the 2017/18 season and impressing in the under-23s.

It was in Grimsby’s colours that he made a first team debut during the aborted 2019/20 League Two season. Ian Holloway snapped up both him and Anthony Glennon on loan. He made eleven league appearances for them, scoring twice in home wins against Morecambe and Newport. Such were his performances that Holloway wanted him back at Blundell Park last season in another loan deal.

By then he’d made his Burnley debut as a substitute in the League Cup against Sheffield United. He featured in all our games in that competition, starting and impressing in the win at Millwall. His Premier League debut came in the starting eleven against Manchester City and he went on to make five further league appearances for us and three more in the FA Cup.

Just three weeks after that Premier League debut he was rewarded with a new deal potentially until the end of the 2023/24 season but with an early path blocked to the first team he’s taken the opportunity to further his career in the Championship and we wish him well.

Benson said: “I’m buzzing to be here and I can’t wait to play in front of the fans. I was impressed last season by how close they got to promotion and getting in the play-offs, so I’m excited to join the team. I’ve had a taste of the Premier League and that’s definitely my main goal, to play in the Premier League.”

Barnsley co-chairman Paul Conway said: “We are very excited to have acquired Josh, who immediately strengthens our midfield. As we continue to progress, we aim to bring in unique talent to assist us in our next step and Josh’s experience at Premier League level is an important evolution of the squad. Also, the length of this deal is significant, as it demonstrates both the club’s long-term commitment to Josh and his commitment to the club.”

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