Barnsley: Reds sit tight on signings

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BEN Mansford has told The Star that Barnsley are unlikely to bring in any new loan players before the weekend.

Reds’ Chief Executive Mansford, speaking exclusively to The Star, has also revealed that no one is likely to be leaving the club on loan in this first week of the new loan window opening.

Barnsley have a tough trip to high-fliers Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday in their first Championship match since the international break.

But Mansford said: “In terms of loan players, we’re incredibly happy with the squad we’ve got at the moment, so long as they perform to the maximum of their capabilities.

“And I don’t think anybody has been banging on the door just yet to take any of our players out [on loan].”

Reds manager David Flitcroft has admitted he has a “big squad” that needs “trimming”, a view shared by Mansford.

“I think one or two of our Under-21 [development squad] players and some of our first-team fringe players would benefit from going out on loan.”

The Reds currently have striker Marcus Pedersen, defender Peter Ramage and keeper Mike Pollitt on loan. Winger Andrai Jones is out on loan at Tranmere Rovers.

Winger Jordan Clark has returned from his loan at Scunthorpe after just one two-minute substitute appearance.

Meanwhile, striker Pedersen is understood to be a major doubt for this weekend’s clash with Billy Davies’s Forest having picked up an injury playing for Norway in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

He didn’t play in Friday’s 2-0 win over Cyprus but started Tuesday’s 2-0 home defeat to Group leaders Switzerland but picked up an injury and was replaced after 22 minutes.