18-year-old Callum Styles signed for the Reds from Sky Bet League Two side, Bury FC on Monday afternoon.
The midfielder, who played regularly for the Shakers in League One last season, has committed to a four-year contract at Oakwell with a further option in the Club’s favour. He will now return to Gigg Lane on-loan until January.
Speaking to iFollow Barnsley after completing the deal, Callum said this move was a dream come true for him.
“It feels really good; it’s what I’ve dreamt of as a kid – to move on and try and better myself, to come to a Club like Barnsley who are hoping for promotion. I’m hoping to help them get promoted,” Styles stated.
A confident, fluent and forward thinking central midfielder, Styles has a cultured left-foot which will add balance to any midfield and the Reds had to fight off significant competition for his signature from teams higher in the footballing pyramid.
“My best role, I’d say, is as a number eight – up and down the pitch. I like to get on the ball and make the play, make the team tick. I just like getting on the ball and making play. I’m there when it’s needed.
“The way the gaffer spoke about me, the way the Club is and how it works, it’s not far from home. It’s a big Club in League One, hopefully they get promoted to the Championship and that’s what really pulled the strings for me.”
Callum will immediately return to Bury until January but will then become available for Daniel Stendel to select in his first team. The midfielder explained that he will now always have an eye on the Reds, but also wants to help Bury as much as possible too.
“It’s for me to get more game under my belt so when I come back to Barnsley, hopefully in January, then I’m ready to help them succeed as well as Bury. I’m a Barnsley player now, so I’m focussed on Barnsley, but I need to help Bury as well as Barnsley.
“That’s what I’m aiming to do – so then I can play as many games as I can for Barnsley, help them succeed and therefore better me as a player and then I can succeed as a player.”
Fans will be kept up-to-date with the progress of Styles during his time with Bury through all the official channels of Barnsley Football Club.
Good luck, Callum!