He was quite a servant for the Tykes, wasn’t he? Having been so influential during his time at Oakwell, it is no wonder that Barnsley’s former club captain, Conor Hourihane, will be able to look back on his time in South Yorkshire with fondness.
Hourihane joined Barnsley in the summer of 2014 following a stellar campaign with Plymouth Argyle. He was an instant hit for Danny Wilson’s side, where he was awarded the League One player of the month for August. He continued such form across the season and amounted 13 goals and 14 assists in his first League One campaign, despite the mid-table finish for Barnsley.
It was in the upcoming campaign that Hourihane’s teammates would match his level of performances as Barnsley finished sixth and made it to the Championship, courtesy of the play-offs. That side also won the EFL Trophy that season too, so it was a remarkable year for that side. For Hourihane personally, it was another fine campaign as he managed 11 goals and 19 assists across all competitions that season and in the latter stage of the season, became the captain of the side.
In the second tier of English football, Hourihane was on top form and he heavily contributed to the Reds’ stability that campaign. During the first half of the campaign, the Irishman managed six goals and 12 assists, a startling number for a player who had been in League Two just three seasons before.
It was such form that attracted Aston Villa, who brought Hourihane to the Midlands for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year deal, as per the YorkshirePost. Although it took him a short while to adjust to life at Villa Park and match the form he displayed for Barnsley, for the last two seasons now he has excelled and is a huge reason as to why Dean Smith’s side are bound for a spot in the play-offs.
Hourihane evidently played a pivotal role in the clubs development during his time at Barnsley. The Oakwell faithful will surely be pleased with how his career has gone on to develop and how his services have benefitted Villa since moving on.
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