Barnsley: Reds boss to be patient over next signing

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David Flitcroft says he is prepared to be patient regarding further signings at Barnsley.

Having expressed his pleasure at the players who have committed themselves to the club, the Reds manager says the nature of the recruitment was key.

“People were looking at who we were going for, players will wait to see who comes in and then things began to happen and people could see we meant business,” said Flitcroft.

“Dale Jennings comes in from Bayern Munich - he chooses Barnsley. People take notice. Chris O’Grady could have gone to other clubs in The Championship but he’s back here. And he was the catalyst for the others.

“We are going to do things in a completely different way at this football club and, perhaps, Luke Steele - who has been here a while - has probably heard it all before about things going to change but this time, he knows there is something different. Everybody does.”

‘Keeper Steele, at the club five years, has signed a new two-year deal. He initially turned down an offer and considered leaving.

He joins defender Martin Cranie who has re-signed along with Tomas Cwyka and Bobby Hassell.

Flitcroft, who will work closely with new chief executive Ben Mansford, 33, a lawyer and former player agent, does not expect any more newcomers before the club leave for the pre-season trip to Spain on Sunday.

“Myself and Ben will work with a vision and a purpose,” he said. “We are looking but I am prepared to wait for the moment, I am ok with that. Will will get the right people in.”

He said their interest in Brighton defender Adam El-Abd remained alive.