Barnsley: Bailey ready to put in hard yards to get Reds back up

James Bailey.
James Bailey.

Barnsley new boy James Bailey is ready to put the graft in as he bids to help his new club back into the second tier.

Versatile Bailey, 25, joined the Reds last week following his release from Derby County in May and after a summer trial at Doncaster Rovers came to nothing.

He made 59 appearances for the Rams in total, but having spent time on loan at Coventry and Crewe in recent seasons, he knows more than most about what the Reds will be up against in Sky Bet League One once the new campaign kicks-off at home against Crawley Town on August 9.

Bailey said: “I’ve played in League One and Two with Crewe, had a couple of seasons in the Championship, and then came back to League One.

“I know what this [League One] is all about though. It’s tough and demanding, but if you want to get back up there, into the Championship, it’s about hard work.

“We’ve got to work hard as a team and finish our chances if we want to be successful.

“It’s going to be a really good challenge this season.”

Bailey featured in the second-half of Barnsley’s 1-1 friendly draw against Premier Leaguers Hull City on Saturday, and will be in the squad again for tonight’s latest pre-season clash as Oakwell welcomes a youthful Manchester United XI for a game which kicks-off at 7pm.

Louis van Gaal’s 25-man United first-team squad are still away in America, but there will undoubtedly be some eye-catching young talent on show for the visitors tonight.

Warren Joyce’s young Reds have played three pre-season fixtures so far, winning 5-0 at Altrincham last Wednesday, drawing 0-0 at Southport and losing 1-0 at Irish outfit Bray Wanderers.

n The Reds have been linked with potential swoops for Coventry City’s attacking midfielder Carl Baker, and ex-Crewe and Motherwell hit-man Michael Higdon, who spent last season with Dutch side NEC Nijmegen, for whom he scored 14 goals in 32 Eredivisie appearances.