Barnsley: Ten new men would be just perfect for Wilson

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Danny Wilson has told The Star that he’d like to sign TEN new players before the start of the new season.

But realistically Wilson admits in an “ideal world” five more new faces could be just the trick at Oakwell.

The Barnsley boss has been involved in the professional game long enough to know that his hopes of recruitment depend largely on who is available and then agreeing contracts with potential targets.

And the 54-year-old is working tirelessly to sign new talent in readiness for the club’s first League One game at home to Crawley Town on Saturday August 9.

“There’s loads of players I’d like to sign, but I think it would be unfair of me at this stage to talk about players at other clubs,” revealed Wilson, speaking exclusively to The Star.

“If it were up to me I’d sign ten new players, but it’s not up to me because it’s the owner’s money and he’s already invested a lot in the club.

“But it really depends on who we can get and what it’s going to cost.

“Realistically four or five more players would be nice, but we just have to be patient and see who we can get.”

Wilson has already recruited three new players during the summer with goalkeeper Adam Davies, midfielder Conor Hourihane and striker Kane Hemmings having strengthened the ranks.

But with a raft of players having left the club following last season’s relegation from the Championship, including key players such as Stephen Dawson, Jacob Mellis and Jim O’Brien, there are plenty of gaps which need plugging.

“I’m optimistic about signing players and I know there’s a few areas to sort out because there’s been a lot of change from last season,” admitted Wilson. “But we’ve got the three new boys in and got some good young players, and the young players will be given a chance this season.

“We’ve got to give the young boys a chance this season and see what happens.

“It would be a great boost for everyone, for the club and the Academy if a few of these young players came through and showed their talent.

“It would be nice to see the fruits of hard labour from the Academy rewarded.”

Wilson did not want to be drawn on speculation linking the Reds with a move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika, but former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Tom Hitchock, a rumored target, will definitely not be joining the club having signed a three-year deal with League One rivals MK Dons.

However, Obika, aged 23, has yet to reveal where he will play his football this season having struggled for first-team opportunities at White Hart Lane.

The striker made 20 appearances last season having spent most of the campaign out on loan at Charlton Athletic and Brighton and Hove Albion respectively.

Obika, who has represented England at Under-19 and Under-20 international level, has also had loan spells with Yeovil Town, Swindon Town, Peterborough United, Crystal Palace and Millwall.