Barnsley boss Danny Wilson swooped yesterday to sign Liam Lawrence on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
As exclusively revealed in Thursday’s Star, Lawrence became Wilson’s third signing since his return to the Championship club for a second managerial spell.
The former Republic of Ireland international joins Stoke City winger Brek Shea and Liverpool right-back Ryan McLaughlin, both of whom are on loan at Oakwell until next month.
And Lawrence, a good friend of Reds stalwart Bobby Hassell, is hoping he can make an immediate impact for the South Yorkshire club after an 18-month spell playing for Greek outfit PAOK Salonika.
“You need experience and determination, but you also need a bit of quality to get out of a position like this,” said Lawrence.
“Hopefully I’ve got some of those ingredients. It will help the team and that will help us get results.
“It’s going to be a good experience, hopefully I can bring something to the team that will help us survive this year.”
Lawrence was released from his contract at PAOK by mutual consent even though there was six months remaining.
Former Barnsley striker Chris Dagnall has signed for League One title-chasers Leyton Orient on an 18-month deal.
And Reds’ boss Wilson has revealed midfielder David Perkins and defender Jimmy McNulty could soon leave the club.