BARNSLEY: Reds boss Hill plays patience in the hunt for new players

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has stressed he won’t be “rushed” into making new signings before the new season kicks off on Saturday August 18.

But in an ideal world Hill admits he’d love to have some new players in the Oakwell door before the Reds set off for their week-long Marbella training camp next month (July 8-15).

“We’ve got a lot of meetings lined up with players and agents, but we’re not in any great rush because we want the right players,” Hill told The Star.

“We’re not going to panic, we’re going to have the patience to find the right players for the right areas. We’re after experience and looking across the whole canvas, which includes abroad.

“We’ve been looking in Portugal and other areas, but we know more players will soon start to become available because they’re surplus to requirements at their current clubs.

“We definitely need to recruit in the wide areas of the pitch. We’ve got our targets and we’ll continue working hard to get the players we want.”

Hill and his assistant manager David Flitcroft are working round the clock to recruit fresh talent, with preparations for the new Championship season now in full flow.

However, so far Hill and Flitcroft have been frustrated in their efforts to sign new players, although the duo were boosted this week by the news that winger Jim O’Brien has agreed in principal to sign his new two-year contract.

“We’ve got the nucleus of a good squad, but it’s been great that Stephen Foster has signed his contract and Jim wants to stay at the club as well,” added Hill.