NEW signing Conor Grant is eager to make an immediate impact in a Barnsley shirt and is looking to grasp his chance as a League One player again.

Midfielder Grant, 22, signed on deadline day last week on a loan deal from League Two MK Dons.

It was a slightly surprising move given that Grant had struggled for playing time at a lower level with the Dons.

But the former Republic of Ireland youth international radiates a quiet confidence about his ability and showed signs of it playing for Barnsley’s under 21 side on Tuesday.

He has previously played in League One with Rochdale and MK Dons.

The Dubliner is willing to be versatile to help the Reds’ promotion push.

He said: “That’s why I joined the club, the ambition they have to get promoted this season, that’s something I wanted to be a part of.

“I’m a player who loves to get on the ball, give 100 per cent every game and hopefully chip in with a few goals and assists here and there. I’ll play wherever I’m asked.”

Grant is no stranger to South Yorkshire and made the move to Sheffield as a teenager to sign with Sheffield Wednesday from Shamrock Rovers.

Despite being highly-rated he struggled to break through into Wednesday’s first team, making just one appearance.

He then made the move to Rochdale before signing with MK Dons.

Across two seasons with Rochdale, he made 53 appearances, contributing five goals and four assists and followed up with another two seasons at MK Dons making 40 appearances, scoring one goal and notching six assists.

He was relieved to make the move to Barnsley on deadline day.

He added: “It’s going to be hard to get into the starting 11 but that’s something I’m going to be trying to do every day.

“The gaffer demands a lot physically and tactically. I’m looking forward to learning more every day and just getting stuck in.

“It’s been a lot (the stress of a deadline day move) but I’m getting settled in now. The last couple of weeks were a frustration with MK.”