Barnsley have nipped in to sign James Bailey under the noses of Doncaster Rovers.
The former Derby midfielder has penned a two-year deal with the Tykes - hot on the heels of a three-week trial with Doncaster.
Bailey linked up with Rovers for pre-season training and played in the friendlies against Bradford Park Avenue and Lincoln before joining the club’s pre-season trip to Portugal.
But following the collapse of John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson’s proposed takeover last week, the 25-year-old has wasted little time in tying up a move to Oakwell after returning to England with the Rovers squad on Friday.
Rovers were still getting their house in order on Tuesday, with Paul Dickov scheduled to meet Terry Bramall and Gavin Baldwin to thrash out a playing budget and transfer action plan.
Bailey’s move is a throwback to last summer when defender Jean-Yves Mvoto featured as a trialist for Doncaster before signing for Barnsley in almost identical circumstances, as takeover red tape held up Dickov’s transfer activity.
The news is likely to add to Rovers fans’ frustrations, with Doncaster still to make a single signing this summer.