Liverpool's Ryan Kent joins Barnsley on season-long loan

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Ryan Kent of Liverpool gets past Connor Jennings of Tranmere Rovers during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tranmere Ro
Image: Ryan Kent will spend 2016-17 season on loan with Barnsley

Barnsley have signed young Liverpool winger Ryan Kent on a season-long loan.

The 19-year-old, an England U20 international, made his senior debut against Exeter City in the FA Cup last season after a spell on loan with Coventry City in League One.

During that loan stint, Kent scored his first senior goal which came against his new employers in a 4-3 Sky Blues win in November.

Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom told the club's website: "We first enquired about Ryan last summer and we've continually monitored his progress, so I'm absolutely delighted to have him as part of our squad for next season. 

"We saw a lot of him last season and he made a huge impression at Coventry. Playing out on either wing, he is fearless, and loves to take on his man and get balls into the box. Not only that, he can finish - as we saw against us at the Ricoh Arena last season.

"He's one of the most highly rated youngsters in the country and now he has a great opportunity to step up and show us what he can do in the Championship. 

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"We beat off a number of Championship clubs to secure his signature which is testament to us as a Club and our ability to nurture up and coming talent. I'm very grateful to Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool for allowing Ryan to continue his development with us here at Barnsley and I'm really excited about seeing him in action."

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