Barnsley: Reds boss won’t panic over next signing

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BARNSLEY boss David Flitcroft won’t “panic” if he doesn’t manage to sign a new striker before the new Championship season starts next Saturday at home to Wigan Athletic.

Flitcroft has told The Star that he’d like to add to his strikeforce before the Reds host the Latics, last season’s FA Cup winners, at Oakwell.

But he stressed: “There’s no panic. When you start to panic it can affect the players.

“We’re just going to go about our business, keep working hard and see what drops for us.

“If we lose three players to injury at Rotherham United (today in the club’s last pre-season friendly] then I might be signing three new players next week. You just don’t know.

“But pre-season has been good for us. You just want to come through unscathed and have as many players ready for the start of the season as possible.”

The Reds have been linked with a move to sign Hull City and former Peterborough United striker Aaron McLean.

But although Flitcroft is interested in the player, he told The Star: “We are looking for a striker, but I want someone who wants to come in and be a part of what we’re trying to do here.

“I’ve not spoken to him [Aaron McLean], but he is one of many options we’re looking at and he’d have to be part of our project.”

Midfielder Kelvin Etuhu tweaked a hamstring in a closed-doors friendly with Manchester United on Tuesday and Flitcroft revealed the player will miss the start of the season.

“We might be losing Kelvin for a spell, which is a shame,” said Flitcroft. “I’m gutted for him because he’s come through his first full pre-season and was just sharpening up. But his loss is somebody else’s gain, it will give them a chance to come in and impress.”

Flitcroft changed his outfield ten completely at half-time in Thursday’s 3-1 defeat by an impressive Bordeaux side.

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