Oakwell Move For Former Bantam Striker

Oli McBurnie Joins Barnsley On Loan

Barnsley Football Club have confirmed the transfer deadline day signing of Oli McBurnie from Premier League Swansea City on a year-long loan.  Oli has been involved at the beginning of Swansea’s Premier League campaign this season and will also join up with the Scotland U21s squad this week before returning to Oakwell.

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A tall commanding striker with a turn of pace, McBurnie will add vital firepower and attacking intent to the Reds’ forward line. Standing at 6ft 2′ tall, the Yorkshire-born attacker will embark on his first season in the Sky Bet Championship following his switch from South Wales.

Having originally started his Football League career with Bradford City, McBurnie made his debut for the first team at the age of 17. His impressive start and subsequent displays led to Premier League interest from Swansea and they moved to sign him in 2015.

McBurnie was loaned out to Newport County for first team football and after netting a hat-trick on his debut, it was only a short time before he was recalled by his Premier League parent club to be involved around the first team squad.

Being given the opportunity to make his debut for the Swans in August 2016, McBurnie burst onto the scene and took his chance with both hands by scoring twice in an EFL Cup second round tie against Peterborough United, extending his impressive debut record.

International recognition has also began for the 21-year-old with 11 caps for Scotland, at U19 and U21 levels, where he has found the net for both sides.

Speaking about the signing manager Paul Heckingbottom said, “Oli is a player that we targeted early this summer and have successfully brought to the Club.

He is a Yorkshire lad and has jumped at the chance to come here on loan for the season, he will add some height and goal threat to the side, along with that raw element of being an unknown quantity to Championship defences. I am looking forward to him coming into training and getting started.”

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