BARNSLEY: Reds boss Keith Hill issues Chris Dagnall challenge

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STRIKER Chris Dagnall is firmly back in the Barnsley fold after a loan spell at Bradford City, and now Reds boss Keith Hill is challenging the 26-year-old to prove himself again.

Dagnall, who played for Hill at Rochdale, was signed in January from Scunthorpe United but, after an unspectacular nine appearances for the Oakwell outfit, he was then given the opportunity to join the Bantams on loan in mid-March and went on to score once in seven appearances for Phil Parkinson’s League Two outfit.

Now Dagnall is back at Oakwell and his manager is looking forward to seeing a revitalised front man.

Hill said: “Chris has been given his summer fitness programme so when we all return for pre-season training that will provide me with a massive indication of where he is at.

“When he first joined us in January, his initial impact was superb.

“However, he later got the chance to join Bradford until the end of the season and he did okay there.

“We’ve had a conversation and Chris knows where we want him to be, so I guess it’s up to him now to show me again what he’s got to offer.

“All of the players in the squad will get an opportunity during the pre-season games. We’ll be looking for responses from certain individuals and there will be assessments and evaluations. I am really looking forward to the new Championship season, and so are all the players.”

Dagnall joined the Reds from Scunthorpe for an undisclosed fee, on a two-and-a-half-year deal. He scored 13 goals in 68 appearances for the Iron, having made his name at Rochdale, where he bagged 60 goals in 176 outings.