Barnsley: Johnson’s delight at White arrival

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Under-pressure Reds boss Lee Johnson could not hide his delight after capturing Rotherham United left-back Aidan White on loan yesterday.

The 24-year-old, a graduate of Leeds United’s youth system, is set to remain with the struggling League One outfit until January 3.

Johnson was keen to bolster his squad after an alarming run of EIGHT successive league defeats, the club’s worst losing run since 1959.

He said: “Aidan [White] is a young but experienced full-back who I feel will help us down the left-hand side. He’s made a very similar progression in his career from youth football to competitive football, just as George Smith is striving to make at present.

“George has been one of our shining lights since making the step up and I feel bringing Aidy in will only help him along at this stage of his career.

“Aidy is a great addition for us. He’s quick and can play anywhere down the left.”

The Reds are away to Johnson’s former club Oldham Athletic on Saturday, with the head coach expecting a tough return to Boundary Park. Johnson won many admirers in his spell in charge of the Latics, but knows some supporters are likely to get on his case.

And to make matters worse there are some disgruntled Reds’ supporters who are understandably keen for their club’s ailing fortunes to change.

The Latics have just one of their last six outings and will be keen to build on their 18th position in the division.

“It’s the perfect storm isn’t it?” joked Johnson. “There’ll be 5,000 haters on my back! For anybody out there who doesn’t want me to do well it’s a chance for them to stick the knife in.

“But that doesn’t worry me, you can never please everyone.”