Championship side Barnsley have secured the services of Bayern Munich's Dale Jennings ahead of the new season.

The second-tier side only just survived in the Championship on the final day of the season last year after a 2-2 draw with Huddersfield was enough to see them stay above the relegation zone at the expense of Peterborough United and now they have captured an ex-Bayern Munich player.

The Championship side have spent £250,000 on bringing in 21-year-old Jennings from Germany after he failed to settle in and wanted a return to England.

Jennings has played in England before with Tranmere Rovers before making the sensational move to Bundesliga champions and this year's Champions League winner Bayern Munich, but after failing to settle, he wanted a quick return to life back in England.

Barnsley were not the only team interested in signing the 21-year-old as Huddersfield were also weighing up a potential bid for the youngster, but a deal was done on Tuesday between the player and Barnsley.

During his time in Germany with Munich, Jennings failed to make a single appearance for the first-team, but featured regularly in their second-team before suffering a serious ankle injury.

The winger spent two years at Munich and only managed to make 36 appearances for the seconds and contributed with just two goals.

Speaking after his move was confirmed to Barnsley, Jennings admitted his disappointment at not breaking into the first-team at Munich, but is looking forward to the next chapter in his life.

"I was a bit gutted not to break into the first team but I learned a lot from my time at Bayern," Jennings told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"I was only 18 going over there, and it took me six to eight months to get used to it. It's a very good level, the German style of playing is perhaps the best at the moment.

"It's such a massive club it's very hard to break through. With a year left I thought it was best to move on. I was feeling a bit homesick and to be fair they said what mattered most was my happiness.

"I spoke with the manager and his assistant at Barnsley, and he said he had wanted to get me while I was at Tranmere. It looks a really promising situation with the results at the end of last season, so I believe we can do really well."

 

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