Addison to be another major plus for Reds

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BARNSLEY are expected to sign Derby County defender Miles Addison on loan until December.

And The Star understands the 22-year-old centre-back and versatile central midfielder could even sign a contract at Oakwell later this week.

“It looks like Miles is going to join us,” Reds director Don Rowing told The Star. “The deal would be until December, which is great for Barnsley Football Club.”

Addison, a former England Under-21 international, signed a new two-year deal with the Rams yesterday. But with Reds skipper Jason Shackell having left Oakwell for Pride Park, Addison is unlikely to get too many starting opportunities in central defence.

The player is also just returning from problematic foot problems which have sidelined him for almost two seasons, so the Rams are keen for him to get some much-needed first experience under his belt.

Shackell penned a three-year deal with Derby yesterday for an undisclosed seven-figure fee believed to be £1million, with plenty of player performance-related bonuses believed to be in the contract.

The centre-back’s move came despite having two years remaining on his Oakwell contract, a decision which has upset many Reds fans.

“I’m ambitious, it was a good move for me at this stage of my career,” said Shackell.

“I think Keith Hill will do very well at Barnsley, but it’s well-documented Barnsley are making cut-backs next season, so I felt the time was right to move and give myself the best possible chance of being successful.

“They [Derby] contacted my agent towards the end of last season, it was nice to have interest in me.

“Hopefully I can create a few new memories at the club because I made my [league] debut at Pride Park.”

Shackell’s departure was softened by the two-year deal for Rochdale midfielder Scott Done yesterday. Dale defender Scott Wiseman expected to sign join him on a three-year contract with the Reds.