We are delighted to confirm that the winger has signed permanently at Oakwell!
Following a hugely successful loan spell with the Reds during the promotion and cup winning 2015/16 season, Lloyd Isgrove has today rejoined the Club following the expiration of his contract at Premier League Southampton. He becomes the seventh addition to the squad before the pre-season trip to Hungary!
During his time on-loan at Oakwell, the wide-man made 27 appearances and scored an all important goal in the play-off final victory at Wembley against Millwall. As well as playing and scoring in the play-off final, he was an integral part of the squad that won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley as well against Oxford United, in what as a truly memorable season for all Barnsley fans.
At the age of just 24, Isgrove’s reputation within the game has seen him gain international recognition at both U21 and senior level for Chris Coleman’s Wales side which has further strengthened the 24-year-olds growing credentials.
The desire from both the Club and Isgrove himself to come back to Oakwell was so strong that other stiff competition for the signature of the highly sought after youngster was fought off.
The Reds coaching staff have been tracking the lightning fast, tricky winger for some time and following the completion of the deal, Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom spoke to www.barnsleyfc.co.uk.
He said, “Lloyd is a great lad and we are all glad to see him back at the Club for both personality and footballing reasons. He fitted into the group here so well last time, knows the place and is a fans favourite. Once we knew there was a possibility of this deal happening, it was a no brainer. Lloyd expressed his desire to come back here and has turned down other good offers across the Championship, which shows his hunger to do well here and that’s exactly what we need.”
After returning to Oakwell, Isgrove spoke exclusively to iFollow Barnsley and said, “I’m delighted to be back. I’ve been away for a year, so I am really happy to be back and I am looking forward to starting again. It’s been mad, I think I’ve had at least one tweet a day over the last year from the fans! I am happy to be back and I’m sure they will be pleased as well. Now I need to get back out on the training field, meet all the new lads and we can attack this season and continue to progress the Club forward.”