Barnsley: Reds swoop for second signing

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Barnsley have swooped to sign a second loan player ahead of today’s away clash with Leicester City.

Reds’ boss David Flitcroft secured the signature of Norwich City midfielder David Fox on a 93-day loan deal.

And both Fox and Jack Butland, the England Under-21 international keeper who joined on loan from Stoke City on similar loan terms on Thursday, are both expected to make their debuts against the Foxes.

The Reds go to the Walkers Stadium on the back of three straight defeats, while their high-flying hosts are unbeaten in their last three league matches and unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions having beat Derby County 2-1 at home in the Capital One Cup in midweek.

But Flitcroft hopes the new arrivals – with a possible third loan signing expected next week – will help “freshen” his struggling squad.

Fox, aged 29, has not played yet this season and rarely featured last term for the Canaries.

His last full start for Norwich was in late January in an FA Cup tie with his last league start over 17 months ago. That was when he started in a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool.

The former Manchester United graduate, hopes his exposure with the Reds will kick-start his career.

Fox has also played for Blackpool and Colchester as well as Belgium side Royal Antwerp and Shrewsbury Town in previous loan spells.

Much like shot-stopper Butland, both players are keen to get some competitive action and are hungry to impress in the Championship.

“I’m really excited. It’s been a tough start to the season not playing as many games as I’d like, but I’ve worked hard and I’m really looking forward to putting those efforts in on the pitch,” said Butland.

“It was a slow start this season and I’ve not played a lot, so if that meant going out on loan to get games, then I was happy to do that.

“Barnsley ticked the box of what I wanted. It’s going to be a challenge and I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s very important to play games. Coming here to Barnsley is next to playing in the Premier League.

“I never expected to get straight in the side at Stoke City, but game-time is the main thing and this is a good challenge for me.”

Norway international striker Marcus Pedersen again misses out with a foot injury, keeper Luke Steele is out with a back injury.

Reading, visitors to Oakwell next Tuesday, have signed Billy Sharp on loan from Southampton.

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