Barnsley: Reds boss to meet directors over next season’s plans

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Barnsley manager Danny Wilson is to meet with the club’s directors this week to outline his plans for next season.

Wilson has revealed there will be a major overhaul at Oakwell following Barnsley’s relegation from the Championship.

Wilson’s playing budget is expected to be slashed.

And that is likely to mean a number of the club’s highest earners will be leaving the club.

That will make way for players who can be brought in to Oakwell on cheaper wages.

“It’s going to be very tough to get in the players that we want.

“But I’d like to think in League One we’re a bit of draw,” said Wilson.

“The infrastructure and set-up here is quite conducive to getting in some quality players.

“I’m sure they’ll enjoy the environment.

“But it’s all about identifying the right ones.

“ That’s the toughest job of them all.

“We want to get things rolling straight away.

“But in this day and age players will always take their time and see what’s around.

“They’ll compare all the clubs that want to vie for their signatures and get the best possible deal.

“We’ve got lots of targets, but we’ve got lots because we know we’ll be let down by a lot of them.

“We’ll try and get the best targets we can and if we can.”

But Wilson accepts he is likely to be hard pushed to keep leading scorer Chris O’Grady next season and, potentially, goalkeeper Luke Steele.

O’Grady, who netted 15 goals this season for the Reds, still has one year left to run on his current contract.

“I really don’t know whether we’ll keep him or not at this stage,” admitted Wilson.

“I don’t know whether anyone’s contacted the club or not, but at the end of the day he’s contracted to us.

“We’re preparing for next season with him in the team.

“But Chris is bound to attract interest because he’s scored 15 goals in a team that’s struggled.

“You have to accept that type of interest and for someone like Luke Steele, who has had a fantastic season.”