Barnsley: Reds ‘won’t sign players for sake of it’

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Barnsley boss Lee Johnson has hinted he is close to bringing in more new recruits to bolster the club’s promotion push next season.

The Reds have made an early start to their summer transfer activity with the acquisition of defender Marc Roberts and striker Marley Watkins, along with centre-back Lewin Nyatanga penning a new two-year deal.

This is the first transfer window that Johnson has been able to delve into since taking the helm at Oakwell in February, but the former Oldham manager has no intention of signing players just for the sake of it.

“We’re on the cusp of signing a couple more players if we choose to,” said Johnson, speaking to The Star.

“It’s just a case of deciding whether we’re getting the value and the right contract, as well as a bit more due diligence on the personality of the player and all that goes with that.

“If we deem that perfect then we’ll take them.

“I’m not going to go crazy. We’ve signed Nyatanga, Roberts and Watkins, so that’s not a bad start.

“There are a lot of clubs who haven’t signed anybody yet.”

These new additions, along with the release of six players at the end of their contracts, means the new-look Barnsley squad is starting to take shape ahead of the forthcoming pre-season programme.

Whilst Johnson is happy with the inroads the club are making into the transfer market, he is keen to stress that there is more of a long-term plan involved.

“At any club you need three transfer windows to get it right fully,” he admitted.

“It’s easier to recruit in the summer - January is a difficult time to recruit.”

“But I think after two summer windows with January chucked in, you wouldn’t be able to say it’s not your team then, it’s got to be at that point.

“Of course the natural evolution of a football club means that players come and go.

“But it would be nice to get that stability, and with young, talented players if possible.”

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