NOW that 18-year-old wing wonder Toni Silva has joined the Oakwell ranks from Liverpool, Barnsley boss Keith Hill has revealed that he is delighted with the progress shown by all of the club’s other youngsters.
Hill said: “I’m really optimistic about the younger players. I’ve been really impressed with all of them.
“Clicker [Jordan Clarke] has really impressed me. Diggers [Paul Digby] is full of enthusiasm, we’ve just got to hold him back because he is only 17 and people forget that.
“And we’ve got Stonesey [John Stones] and Rosey [Danny Rose] - they’ve been magnificent. We’ll introduce Rosey into the first team squad this season, he’s learning and developing. He’s learning what it’s all about. It’s progressive development.
“They’ll get their chance, definitely, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on them. There’s no pressure on them at the minute, but they’ll have a big responsibility and a big opportunity in the pre-season games and then we’ll just see where we are when we get to the first pressure game of the season which is Rochdale, then obviously Middlesbrough just after that. The games will come thick and fast.
“At the moment we’ve got 21 outfield players, but for me in an ideal world we’d have three more experienced professionals in that squad.
“Then we do have injuries, tiredness and suspensions then I can find solutions within the squad that we’re preaching this mantra too.”
Tonight’s game at Evo-Stik League top flight outfit Stocksbridge kicks-off at 7.30pm. It’s pay on the gate for all supporters, with adults being charged £7, OAPs £5 and secondary school children £2. Junior school children and under gain free access as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.
Tickets for the Reds’ opening Championship game at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday, August 18, are now on sale.
Adult tickets cost £28, with a £3 discount for Oakwell 1887 members.