New boy Crowley aims to get Barnsley team ticking

Dan Crowley for the Reds against Huddersfield. Photo:  Dean Atkins
Dan Crowley for the Reds against Huddersfield. Photo: Dean Atkins

Arsenal young gun Dan Crowley is confident of making a big impression at Barnsley.

The ambitious loan midfielder has joined the Reds on an initial six-month deal which could be extended dependant on his performances.

And Crowley, who celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday, is hungry to develop at Oakwell having been snapped up by manager Lee Johnson.

“I’ve come here for a reason – and that’s to get game time,” stressed Crowley.

“I need to strengthen my game and I need to play against bigger and stronger players, so it’s going to be a good experience for me.

“I wouldn’t have joined the club if I didn’t think they were going to improve me.

“I’d like to think I bring something a little bit different to this side and that I’ll also bring goals and creativity.

“I like to get the ball moving and get the team ticking. I like creating things and helping to score goals.”

Crowley made his debut for the Reds on Saturday as they fought back from 1-0 down to beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 in their last pre-season friendly before Saturday’s big kick-off, away to Chesterfield.

The Reds have already sold their 1,900 ticket allocation.

And Crowley, who turned down offers to join other clubs in favour of a move to Oakwell, is chomping at the bit to sparkle in his League debut for the Reds.

“MK Dons, Huddersfield and Peterborough were all interested in me, but I was really impressed with the gaffer [Johnson].

“I didn’t want to go to a Championship club and not play, but the gaffer said I’m going to play.”

Reflecting on his 59 minutes against the Terriers, Crowley admitted: “The tempo and intensity was hard at first, but once I got into the game I settled in.

“I enjoyed it. It was my first proper senior game. I’ve only played 20 minutes [for the first team] at Arsenal.

“It was a great result for us and a big confidence booster for next Saturday.”

* Reds Reserves lost 3-1 at home to Nottingham Forest in a private friendly yesterday at Oakwell. George Williams netted for the Reds, and midfielder Conor Hourihane got a run-out as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.