Barnsley: Tough choices loom for Reds

Barnsley keeper Luke Steele.
Barnsley keeper Luke Steele.
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Big decisions are going to be made at Barnsley this week – and those decisions are likely to shape the future at Oakwell.

First team boss Danny Wilson is set to meet with the club’s owner Patrick Cryne and the Reds’ board of directors to outline a plan that will ultimately, they hope, lead to promotion back to the Championship. Whether that can be achieved in the first season after an unwanted relegation remains to be seen, but planning for the future is essential.

And Wilson is only too aware of the pitfalls and challenges which lie ahead in League One next term, a division which has plenty of experience of.

Recruitment will be key, but so will be retaining as many key players as possible.

Goalkeeper Luke Steele and striker Chris O’Grady, who finished with a credible 15 goals last season, are two players who will be very hard to keep. O’Grady has already told The Star that he wants to play at the highest level.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if the duo attract interest from other Championship clubs, although both are still under contract for another year with the Reds.

There are other players from Wilson’s squad – most of whom he inherited when he took over at the end of last year - who may want to leave to further their careers. And there willbe quite a few players who will relish the challenge of a drop in divisions as aim to bring some long-overdue success back to the club.

Wilson has the credentials to complete the overhaul, but time will tell as to whether he can bring back that much-desired success.