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Leroy Lita signs for Barnsley

9 August 2014

Barnsley have signed striker Leroy Lita following his release from Swansea City at the end of last season.

The 29-year-old has put pen to paper on a one-year deal and is expected to be included in the Reds' squad for Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash with Crewe Alexandra.

"It's fantastic," Lita told the club's official website. "I know Danny Wilson very well.

"He was my first manager and I like the way he works. He's got a lot of trust in me and I've got a lot of trust in him.

"I thought to myself 'get down and play some games and score some goals'.

"I enjoyed my time under him as a youngster. He helped me a lot and helped me progress in my career so far.

"I just want to get back to playing football regularly again and I'm going to get that opportunity here."

Lita began his career at Bristol City and moved on to Reading in a £1million deal in 2005.

He had loan spells at Charlton and Norwich before a free transfer to Middlesbrough in 2009 before Swansea paid £1.75million for the forward.

Lita made only a handful of first-team appearances for Swansea and had further loan spells at Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday and, last season, at Brighton and Hove Albion.

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