Barnsley: Loanee Aidan White not fazed by Reds’ lowly position

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New loan signing Aidan White has refused to be daunted by the responsibility of trying to help Barnsley out of the quagmire they find themselves in.

The out-of-favour Rotherham United winger has joined the Reds on an initial loan deal until January 3.

But he joins a team who have lost eight successive league games and, another defeat away to Oldham Athletic on Saturday, would see the South Yorkshire club taste their worst losing run since 1953.

“I’ve spoken to the manager and we had a good chat about things,” revealed White.

“He told me the quality is there, but we’ve just not had the rub of the green.

“But it’s not daunting at all. I’ve come here to try and help and hopefully I can do that.

“I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully we can get a good run of form going.

“The manager has looked to change a few things, bring in some new faces and I’m one of them.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and trying to get some points back on the board.

“The lads seem a good bunch. I know a couple of faces. I know Conor Hourihane from Ireland, but everyone has been very welcoming and I’ve seen the quality in training.”

Being born in West Yorkshire – and now living in Penistone – 24-year-old White knows what will be required of him at Oakwell.

“Yorkshire fans are honest people,” added White. “They want you to work hard, give your all for the shirt and hopefully bits of quality come through. I want to bring that quality to the team.

“I moved to Penistone when I moved to Rotherham, so it’s nice for that I’m staying local.”

Boss Johnson is expected to play White at left-back, with youngster George Smith expected to make way.

But White, who played 85 games for Leeds and had a loan spell with Sheffield United, is happy to play wherever he’s required to help the team end their miserable losing run in the league.

“I’m happy doing a job anywhere, but I think the manager has brought me in to play full-back,” admitted White.

“But if he wants me to play on the left wing or right wing, I’ll play wherever as long as I’m playing.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve got loads of experience, but for a young player I’ve got some and if I can help him [George Smith], then I will.

“He’s done well here and hopefully we can create good competition for each other.”

Meanwhile, the Reds’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area semi-final with Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium will take place on Saturday December 5, 3pm kick off.