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Lawrence Joins Reds

16 January 2014

Barnsley have completed the signing of midfielder Liam Lawrence on a free transfer.

The Republic of Ireland international has penned a deal with the Reds that will keep him at Oakwell until the end of the season, having agreed to leave Greek outfit PAOK yesterday.

Born in Retford, Lawrence turned professional alongside Reds stalwart Bobby Hassell at Mansfield and would go on to make over 150 appearances for the Stags before Sunderland swooped for his signature.

At the Stadium of Light, Lawrence helped the Black Cats into the Premier League and was called up to the Ireland squad during his time in the North East.

The midfielder added another promotion to his CV after a switch to Stoke City – with three of his 15 goals for the season coming against the Reds at Oakwell in December 2007. In 100 starts for the Potters he struck 22 goals as he became an integral part of City’s Premier League side before departing for Portsmouth.

After a loan and permanent stint with Pompey, he joined Cardiff City on loan – hitting the winner against Barnsley at Oakwell in April 2012.

Lawrence heads the winner for the Bluebirds against Barnsley in April 2012

The 32-year-old is hopeful of making his debut against Blackpool this Saturday, should the Reds receive international clearance.

Liam will wear squad number 14.

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