Non-league starlet Conner Rennison is attracting the interest of a host of clubs throughout England with Barnsley reportedly monitoring the Hartlepool midfielder, according to TEAMtalk.
Barnsley are just one of many teams interested in the player’s signature according to Teamtalk’s report. The other clubs chasing the 16-year-old closely are Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Leeds. Portsmouth, Hull, Bristol City and Sunderland are also keen.
There is no shortage of interest in the young prodigy who due to his age is not under contract, and as a result can leave for free this summer.
The youngster is yet to play for the Hartlepool first team but has been a key figure for the U18s who are in title contention in the Youth Alliance League after beating Chesterfield just over a week ago. Rennison was involved in one of the goals there and has just recently returned from a niggling calf injury.
The Reds have an incredibly young squad with the eldest of players being aged just 26, so it’s clearly a club who like to and aren’t afraid to place their trust in youth.
Therefore it would be extremely likely to see their interest in Rennison materialise over the summer. With their history of developing young talent, it would be the perfect move for all parties.
Jacob Brown, 20, a player who scored a late winner for the club at the weekend, has become one player on an extensive list of players to enjoy their youth development at the club. However, others have used it as a stepping stone with John Stones of Manchester City and Mason Holgate of Everton coming through the academy at Barnsley too.
James Bree of Aston Villa is another whilst Leicester’s Harvey Barnes and Stoke’s Jack Butland used a loan spell with the Tykes to further their careers as well.
Signing Rennison would be the perfect example of Barnsley’s transfer business and philosophy of developing young players. If they were to secure him ahead of club’s like Newcastle and Leeds, it would be a big statement.