Barnsley: Hill ready to recruit on Reds’ return from Spain

Taskmaster: Reds manager Keith Hill.
Taskmaster: Reds manager Keith Hill.
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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has been pleased with a solid start to the club’s Spanish training camp.

But ambitious Hill has stressed the hard work has only just begun for his squad and he revealed recruitment remains high on his priority list.

“I’ve not ruled out the possibility of signing a centre-half, but it all depends on whether we can find the player we want,” Hill told The Star.

“I definitely want two more players, but there’s also the opportunity of bringing one or two in on loan for the season.”

The sun beat down yesterday as the Reds squad began a week of hard work here in Benahavis, Marbella, with Hill having kept a watchful eye over his equally ambitious charges.

Fitness conditioning, ball work and tactics are all top of the priority list this week with the club’s training base providing the perfect place for Hill to implement his vision for the forthcoming season.

But recruitment remains key for cover, with Hill keen to make sure his side don’t lose their “cutting edge” in the second half of the campaign because of the loss of key players and suspensions.

“I still want a left-footed winger and a midfielder with Jacob Butterfield having now left us,” added Hill.

“We’re always looking for new signings and we’ll revisit that when we get back to England.

“We’ve still got a bit of time to add to the squad before the season starts, so we’ll have to see what happens there.”

Centre-back Stephen Foster - who has signed a new one-year deal - and fellow central defenders Jimmy McNulty and Rob Edwards have all impressed for the Reds, but Hill wants cover in case of injuries and suspensions.

The Star understands Hill is interested in signing Derby County midfielder James Bailey and Burnley midfielder Keith Treacy.