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LUKE STEELE
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  • LUKE STEELE
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UPDATED 02:03 16th July 2012

Luke enjoyed a very successful loan spell at Oakwell during 2007/2008, helping the Reds to Wembley in the FA Cup Semi Final. He was named 'FA Cup Player Of The Round' following the Fifth Round victory at Anfield as well as helping secure Championship status with some fine displays.

Born in Peterborough, Luke came through the ranks at his home town club before earning a big move to Manchester United in 2002. He spent time on loan at Coventry City before joining West Brom in 2006. Luke returned to Coventry on loan for the remainder of the 2006/07 campaign. He joined up with the Reds ahead of the trip to Anfield in February 2008 and went on to make 17 first team appearances that season.

First choice at Oakwell at the start of the 2009/2010 season only injury and suspension kept Luke from the side throughout the campaign. He responded with a string of outstanding displays in goal and some fine saves to help the side climb away from the bottom of the table and survive easily in the Championship with three matches to spare.

For the 2010/2011 season, Luke was ever-present for the Reds - appearing in every minute of all 46 League and two Cup matches. He narrowly missed out on scooping Barnsley FC's 'Player of the Year', as voted for by the fans.

But Luke's contribution to Barnsley's cause certainly didn't go unnoticed during the 2011/12 season - where he picked up the Supporters' Player of the Year Award as a clear winner after an extraordinary campaign which brought about the attention of England Coach Ray Clemence. Steeley kept out two penalties in as many minutes at Reading, a Matty Fryatt penalty against Hull along with several world class stops during the campaign.

When it seemed the Reds were destined for League One football come 2013/14, Luke's form was inspired as he helped his side retain their Championship status with some fine displays as captain away to Cardiff and Crystal Palace - earning two crucial points - as well as a glorious late penalty save against Brighton. Reds fans were overjoyed when Barnsley's number one penned a two-year extension to his deal at Oakwell.

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