WILL Hondermarck is delighted to have signed a new contract with Barnsley and is currently focusing on developing his game at right wing-back.

The 21-year-old Republic of Ireland youth international, who joined last September following his release by Norwich City, has penned a new two-year deal.

Hondermarck started three Championship games and came off the bench in six others as Barnsley were relegated to League One. He was out of contract but has been training at Oakwell for four weeks this summer and has now signed up until 2024.

Hondermarck told the Chronicle: “I was delighted to sign the contract and it was a big relief.

“I was quite confident it would happen and it was a matter of when.

“This season, I want to be as useful as I can, play as much as I can and impact games in a positive way. Consistency is the main thing for me – not just one or two good performances but maintaining that through the season.

“As a team we want to be hard-working, get back to what we know, and be as ambitious as we possibly can.”

Hondermarck joined as a central midfielder and impressed there but has also been used a centre-back and right wing-back. He said: “It is always tricky to set a position at a young age, you have to be open-minded. I break lines but that can be in midfield or wing-back.

“I am evaluating it with the manager and staff.

“I have been training as wing-back as of late, especially in the system of 3-5-2.

“I am happy there.

“It’s new but there are obviously attributes I have that help me in that position – the power, pace and physique.

“It’s a case of seeing how it goes there.”