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Release Date: 03/01/2007

BARNSLEY Football Club have signed Northern Ireland midfielder Grant McCann from Cheltenham Town for a fee of 100,000.

He joined the Championship side on a loan deal last November and this week he made the move permanent by signing a deal which will keep him at Oakwell until the summer of 2009.

Belfast-born McCann joined Cheltenham back in January 2003 from West Ham for a fee of 50,000.

The 26-year-old who has won 12 caps for his country is hoping that his international career will now blossom following his move to the Yorkshire club.

When he agreed a loan deal with Barnsley last year he said that one of the key factors behind the move was the fact that the club was in the Championship.

He told “Barnsley are a big club with a huge fan base, and a major factor in signing for them was because they play in the Championship, and I really need to be playing at a higher level if I want to improve my chances of getting into the Northern Ireland team.

“I know it is going to be difficult to move ahead of Steve Davis in the pecking order but hopefully this move will improve my chances.”

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