Barnsley: Danny Wilson confident new boys will blossom

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Reds boss Danny Wilson has backed his side’s new recruits to blossom at Oakwell.

And Wilson has revealed he’s hungry to sign more new players ahead of Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby clash with Doncaster Rovers.

The Reds take on Rovers at the Keepmoat boosted by a confidence-boosting home win over Yeovil last weekend.

And Wilson knows three more points would could see his team climb back into the top half of the season.

“We’ve brought in these new players because we believe that they can cope in League One,” stressed Wilson. “That’s why we’ve done it.”

Wilson has signed Chelsea striker Alex Kiwomya, Manchester United’s Ben Pearson and Stoke striker George Waring on loan deals to freshen his hit-and-miss squad.

And former Chelsea winger Milan Lalkovic has joined the club on a permanent 18-month deal.

“As a group we needed the three points against Yeovil last weekend, but it was a bonus that the new players played well,” added Wilson.

“The intention is to bring in new players before the weekend. Whether we do or not, well we’ll have to wait and see.

“We’ve got a few new players lined up, but whether or not they’ll come to fruition before the game, well we don’t know.

“But we’re hoping so. We’re working on a few things.”

One of those new signings, 20-year-old Pearson, is confident of building on his man-of-the-match debut last Saturday against the Glovers.

“Barnsley is a massive club, so as soon as there was interest I wanted to join the club,” said Pearson.

“Playing here is a great stepping stone for me, it’s a good chance to test myself in men’s football.

“I’ve played a lot of reserve team football at Manchester United, but it’s a different level playing in league football.

“It was great to win the man-of-the-match award on my debut, so hopefully I can win a few more.”

“The manager [Wilson] has just asked me to enjoy myself and get on the ball as much as possible, so that’s what I’ll try and do.”

Meanwhile, the Reds have released winger Keith Treacy by mutual consent from his two-year contract at the club.

The former Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United professional has played 16 games for the Reds this season, but the 26-year-old has only started eight of those fixtures.

Treacy started at the beginning of the season but has predominantly been used as a substitute in the last couple of months – and has not played since 7th December in the Reds’ goaless home draw with Chester.