Barnsley welcomes new goalkeeper Ben Killip

Ben Killip

Ben Killip Credit: Barnsley

Barnsley has announced the signing of Ben Killip, who is joining the club on a free transfer after leaving Hartlepool United at the end of the previous season.

Killip, 27, a seasoned goalkeeper, has clocked up 200 appearances in various competitions since his debut for Norwich City U23s during their EFL Trophy campaign in August 2016.

He has previously featured for Grimsby Town, Braintree Town, and Hartlepool. During his tenure at Hartlepool, Killip was instrumental in the team's promotion to Sky Bet League Two via the National League playoffs, culminating in a victory against Torquay United on penalties at Ashton Gate.

The contract inked with Barnsley will see Killip defend the goalpost at Oakwell until 2024, with the option of extending the deal for another year.

Expressing his excitement about the move, Killip said, “I’m delighted to be here. It’s a massive Club and they had an amazing season last season and, unfortunately, fell short, but hopefully we can go one better this time."

The new recruit also had positive interactions with Tom Fawdry, Barnsley's Director of Goalkeeping, with whom he held several phone calls.

Killip appreciated Fawdry's vision and work style, stating, “He told me his ideas and beliefs, how he wanted to work, how the goalkeeping group works and what he sees for me for the season going forward, which all aligned with me.”

“Hopefully I can come in here and play as many games as I possibly can,” he added.