Barnsley: Wilson in a hurry for signings

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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson will step up his search for new recruits this week with the League One season fast-approaching.

And Wilson has told The Star he’d like to have as many of his signings available for the club’s one-week pre-season training trip to Italy next week.

The Reds are due to step up their pre-season preparations in a hotter climate than South Yorkshire, with two friendly fixtures planned for their overseas trip.

But before they go Wilson would like more bodies in the building at Oakwell as he continues to rebuild his squad following the departure of key players this summer.

“Hopefully we can get a few more players in before we go, but it’s all about who’s available,” Wilson told The Star.

“We’re looking at a lot of players and know the areas we need to strengthen.”

Wilson has already signed goalkeeper Adam Davies, midfielder Conor Hourihane and striker Kane Hemmings.

But wingers Jim O’Brien and Tomasz Cywka have left Oakwell, as have midfielders Stephen Dawson and Jacob Mellis.

Mellis’ departure has upset Wilson who had hoped to keep the former Chelsea youngster.

“I don’t really want to say too much more about it because the club have issued a statement about Jacob, but I’m bitterly disappointed he’s not signed the contract we offered him,” said Wilson.

“But we move on; we can’t stand around with our hands in our pockets. We need new players and we’re working hard to sort that.”

The Star understands Reds skipper Martin Cranie has attracted the attention of a number of Championship clubs, but the club have yet to receive an official offer for the centre-back. Cranie was a one of the Reds’ best players last season and Wilson will no doubt be keen to be keep him.