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Treacy is up for challenge at Barnsley

FORMER Ireland man Keith Treacy has set his sights on instant promotion back to the Championship after he agreed a new deal with Barnsley.

The Tykes are rebuilding after their demotion to League One at the end of last season and they have pulled off something of a coup by snapping up Dubliner Treacy, who was released by Burnley at the end of last season.

Treacy, still only 25, has flitted between the divisions since he played in the Premier League for Blackburn but he's ready for the challenge of the third tier under Danny Wilson. "I'm delighted. The clock was ticking down to the start of the season," says Treacy.

"I was wanting to get back onto the pitch and back to playing football again and Barnsley have given me the opportunity to do that and I am delighted to be here.


"When I was talking to Danny Wilson he laid out where he wanted to take the club and I was happy to come and be a part of that.

"Hopefully we will be able to get out of League One as soon as possible.

"I'm an old school winger. I like to get the ball and run at people and get crosses into the box.

"I'm sure we will all be doing what we can to get Barnsley back into the Championship."

Treacy began his senior career with Blackburn, making his senior debut in 2007 and made 12 Premier League appearances his his first top-flight campaign with Rovers, in 2008/09.

Blackburn moved him on in 2010, selling the Dubliner to Preston and he was on the move again in 2011 with a move to Burnley. He has been capped six times at senior level.