Barnsley: Wilson full of praise for ‘quality’ Keith

Keith Treacy
Keith Treacy

Reds boss Danny Wilson has billed his latest signing Keith Treacy as “quality.”

And former Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield Wednesday loan winger Treacy is hopeful he can live up to that star billing as the Reds look to make an immediate return to the Championship.

Treacy, who penned a two-year deal with the Reds on Thursday, is unlikely to start in today’s opening home game of the season against Crawley Town.

And the Dubliner also admits he’s unlikely to start in Tuesday’s home Capital One Cup first round clash with Crewe Alexandra as he continues to build up his fitness having taken an extended summer break.

But once fully fit and, having found his feet at Oakwell, Treacy is relishing the chance to try and help the Reds push for a top six finish this term.

“The gaffer [Wilson] has gone on record as saying he wants to finish in the top six, so that’s the aim,” said Treacy.

“If the gaffer thinks the squad is capable of that – and he’ll have a better idea than me – then we’re pushing for the top six.

“It was nice to meet the manager. We had a chat, a coffee and he didn’t put me under pressure to sign. He just told me what he was trying to do build and how he thought I’d fit it.

“Everything he said really struck a note with me, so it really put the nail in the coffin for me. That’s probably a bad thing to say, but without tempting anything bad he made my mind up for me.”

Wilson has assembled a youthful squad for the Reds’ assault on promotion back to the English second tier.

The average age of his squad is just 21, with nine new permanent signings and one loan signing in what is a completely re-vamped side from the side which were relegated from the Championship after an eight-year spell.

“The gaffer has said they’re [the squad] youthful, energetic and sharp,” revealed Treacy.

“I had my first training session and I have to say I’m impressed by a lot of the players there. I’m really looking forward to the season.

“When I walked into the dressing room on Thursday morning I text my missus and said ‘I feel old, I feel really old’.

“The average age [of the squad] is just 21, so I’m four years older than everybody else.

“But I’m by no means the finished article and we can all learn of one another.

“If a younger player wants to ask me a question then I’ll always help guide them and see what I can do for them.”

Treacy is familiar with South Yorkshire having played 16 games on loan with the Blades in 2009, as well as a seven-game loan spell with the Owls two seasons ago.

And knowing the area, and liking Sheffield, was one of the key reasons why the 25-year-old was keen to make the move to Oakwell.

“One of the other things about moving over here was because I know Sheffield very well,” added Treacy.

“It helps when you an area so well, it helps with the whole transition of moving clubs.”

Striker Kane Hemmings is unlikely to feature this weekend because of an ankle injury, while goalkeeper Ross Turnbull is also likely to be rested with a bad back.