Barnsley sign 41-year-old keeper

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Barnsley have made an unexpected move by signing Wigan Athletic keeper Mike Pollitt on loan ahead of tonight’s Capital One clash with Southampton at Oakwell.

Pollitt, aged 41, is the Latics’ third-choice keeper and The Star understands he will start between the posts at home to the Saints.

The experienced shot-stopper has signed on a 28-day loan period with Reds’ boss David Flitcroft understandably worried about his side’s poor start to the season.

The Reds are bottom of the Championship with just one point having lost three and drawn their opening four matches.

And more alarmingly the Reds have conceded 12 goals in their four league outings - an average of three goals a game - in what has been a decidedly dodgy start to the new season.

Discipline has also been a problem with winger Dale Jennings and defender Jean-Yves M’voto having been sent off in two of those matches.

Pollitt has yet to play for the Latics’ first team this season and is third in the pecking order behind Scott Carson and Lee Nicholls.

And with Ali Al Habsi due back from a back injury next month it’s very unlikely Pollitt would get any game time at the DW Stadium.

Pollitt’s last appearance for the Latics was on 15 January when he played in the FA Cup third round away to Bournemouth.

The keeper picked up a thigh injury in that match and was ruled out for the remainder of the season.