DEAL OFF: Despite making a substantial offer, Wrexham failed to secure a transfer deal with their League One rivals.

The Tykes will be pleased to emerge victorious in this transfer pursuit as they aim to secure promotion back to the Championship after two unsuccessful attempts. Despite reaching the play-offs in the third tier for two consecutive seasons, they are keen on securing a top-two finish to avoid the disappointment of play-off defeats.

Regrettably, their attempts to re-sign Michael Duff were unsuccessful, as he ultimately opted to join fellow Yorkshire club Huddersfield Town. However, they have successfully reunited with Hourihane, who proved to be a valuable asset during his previous two-year stint at Derby County.

Conor Hourihane celebrating promotion with Derby County

While this signing is promising, the Tykes understand that there is much more to be done in the transfer market if they intend to compete at the upper echelons of the division next season. Their former loanees, including John McAtee and Liam Roberts, who played significant roles for the team last season, have departed. Additionally, they are set to lose Nicky Cadden, Devante Cole, Herbie Kane, and Jordan Williams as their contracts expire at the end of the month.

Hourihane’s acquisition should signify the beginning of a bustling summer transfer window at Oakwell, where the club will be actively seeking to bolster their squad.

In his remarks following his comeback, the midfielder expressed to the Tykes’ media team: “Beginning the next chapter of my career here, at a club with which I have a deep-rooted history, holds special significance for me and my family.

“I’m eagerly anticipating joining Darrell’s coaching staff and returning to play at Oakwell. It truly feels like I’ve returned home.”

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