After being released by Manchester City, Kelvin Etuhu could be reunited with Keith Hill at Oakwell following a loan spell at Rochdale in 2007. What some fans may not appreciate though is the fact that Etuhu has only recently been released from prison after serving less than four months of an eight month sentence for his part in a serious brawl which took place outside a Manchester casino.
Etuhu’s last competitive game was around two years ago whilst on-loan at Cardiff City. The ongoing court cases, which began after his arrest in July 2010, meant he saw no first-team action at Man City who released him from his contract when he was sent to prison.
Looking to revive his career, Etuhu is a free-agent but something of a gamble given the lack of high-level football action he has seen over the past couple of years. After working with him for a period at Rochdale, Keith Hill is aware of Etuhu’s abilities and his personality and will be confident that the assault which saw him given a jail sentence was an isolated incident.
In the few games Etuhu has played for Man City, Rochdale, Leicester and Cardiff, he has appeared most effective on the right-wing however he is also capable of playing as a striker.
With the signing of Rob Edwards now confirmed, Keith Hill appears to be responding to the fans request for him to sign players with experience in the Championship at least. Etuhu’s experience is limited, however he hasn’t looked out of place in any of the Premier League or Championship games he has featured in – even though these were a number of years ago.
- Barnsley turn to Rob Edwards (barnsleyfc.com)