Promotion joy for City's former FA Youth Cup winning captain
PUBLISHED: 14:27 01 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:34 01 May 2019
Norwich City youth product Cameron McGeehan is celebrating promotion to the Championship.
The midfielder has played a crucial role for Barnsley this season, scoring six goals in 38 League One matches so far, whose promotion was confirmed on Tuesday night thanks to surprise defeats for Portsmouth and Sunderland.
That has left leaders Luton and the Tykes four points clear at the top with a game to play, with just the title to be settled on Saturday when they both face mid-table teams.
Luton's goal difference is four better ahead of their home game with Oxford and Barnsley travel to Bristol Rovers, safe in the knowledge that they have bounced back to the Championship at the first attempt.
“Get in there, fully deserved so happy for everyone connected with the club,” McGeehan posted on Twitter. “What an amazing achievement from everyone.
“Well done to all my friends at Luton Town as well, best two sides have got what they deserved, see you at the finish line now.”
The former Chelsea trainee captained City's under-18s to FA Youth Cup glory in 2013, having joined as a 16-year-old, and then helped Luton gain promotion back to the Football league in 2013-14.
After a brief spell on loan at Cambridge in League Two he returned to Luton on loan with a view to a permanent move, which was sealed for an undisclosed six-figure fee and a sell-on clause in the summer of 2015 – as Norwich were promoted to the Premier League.
He was prolific for the Hatters form midfield, scoring 22 goals in 65 League Two games, to earn a move to the Championship with Barnsley, despite having a broken leg at the time.
McGeehan struggled to recapture his best form so spent the second half of last season in League One with Scunthorpe, returning to regular action, preparing him perfectly for his parent club's relegation to the third tier.
The 24-year-old is originally from London but represented Northern Ireland at youth levels and did receive a senior call-up last summer, but had to withdraw due to injury.
He was also named in the League One Team of the Season at the EFL Awards last month.