Million-pound man back at Posh

Tyrone Barnett (right) has returned to Posh from Oxford United.
Tyrone Barnett (right) has returned to Posh from Oxford United.
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Tyrone Barnett, Peterborough United’s first million-pound man, has today (December 15) returned to the club following a successful end to his loan spell at League Two strugglers Oxford United.

Barnett scored a last-minute winner for Oxford against Bury on Saturday (December 13) to take his tally during a three-month loan spell to six goals from 12 appearances.

Four of those goals have arrived in his last three appearances and Oxford manager Michael Appleton has confirmed that he will try and take the big striker back when the January transfer window opens.

Appleton, speaking to the Oxford Mail, said: “Certainly we will be part of the queue of clubs trying to sign Tyrone in January. Those discussions will take place between now and then.”

Barnett (29) scored just 12 goals for Posh following a £1.1 million move from Crawley in February 2012. He’s unlikely to be involved in a Posh squad again unless manager Darren Ferguson, who has numerous forwards in his current squad, decides he wants a physical presence in his match-day 18.

Barnett, also speaking to the Oxford Mail, said: “I’ve had a great time at Oxford. I would certainly consider coming back.

“It’s good to enjoy your football and I’ve done that here. What more can you ask for when you’re playing regularly and enjoying it? It’s the best feeling in the world.

“It’s frustrating it’s come to an end now because I seem to have a bit of good goalscoring form. It would’ve been nice to carry it on a bit longer, but that’s football.”