BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has told The Star he’s in “no rush” to offer trialists Ibrahima Sonko and Scott Hogan contracts with the club.
Hill is keen to taker a longer look at both free agents with a view to potential permanent deals to stay at the Championship club.
Centre-back Sonko and winger Hogan both played 90 minutes in Tuesday night’s 1-0 pre-season friendly loss to Crewe Alexandra, the last of the Reds warm-up matches before the new season.
And with injuries mounting in the Oakwell camp, Hill is also conscious he needs to recruit new players to strengthen his squad.
“It was great they [Ibrahima and Scott] both played 90 minutes on Tuesday, especially for Ibrahima because he’s not played 90 minutes for a long time,” revealed Hill. “He looked a bit rusty in the first half but was better in the second half. Scott impressed me as well, but there’s no rush to offer them a deal at this stage.
“I’d like to look at them for longer and see how they progress. It’s a good opportunity for them both to impress, so there’s no massive rush at this stage.”
Saturday is a mouth-watering return for Hill to his former club Rochdale in the first round of the Capital One Carling Cup, along with his assistant manager David Flitcroft and some of his former players who he recruited for the Reds last season.
But Hill won’t be getting carried away with what is being billed as an emotional return to his former club.
Some Rochdale fans were angry Hill left the club having brought them unparalled success, while the majority of fans hailed the Lancastrian’s heroics in winning them their first promotion in 41 years and a solid footing in League One after some superb performances.
“I’ve distanced myself [from going back to Rochdale],” admitted Hill. “I do distance myself from the emotional side of the game.
“Quite a lot of people dilute football and business with emotions, but I can detach quite easily, I’ve not been back to Rochdale out of choice.
“You’ve got to have emotion and you’ve got to care about the game, but an attachment like as if it were an ex-girlfriend, absolutely no chance whatsoever. It never quite works like that.
“I can detach, I have detached and I’ve never been back out of choice. I’ve never found myself wanting for the opportunity to go back. For me, it’s just business.
“On that day [Saturday] I’ll just go there with a business-like application and attitude and I’ll probably get a bit of stick, but also a bit of respect as well.
“I’m not really bothered either way.”