Barnsley: Wilson poised to offer contract this week if Hoskins impresses

Will Hoskins during his time with Sheffield United
Will Hoskins during his time with Sheffield United
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Reds boss Danny Wilson will continue to cast his eye over trialist Will Hoskins with a view to a potential deal by the end of the week.

Former Rotherham United and Sheffield United striker Hoskins joined the Reds on trial last Thursday and has spent a few days trying to impress at Oakwell.

The 28-year-old has Premier League and international experience – and Wilson has told The Star he is a big admirer.

“He’s a very good player,” said Wilson. “He’s got good movement, he’s a good technician and he’s a good team player.

“But of course his main quality is scoring goals and he’s proven he can do that.

“He’s done well since he’s come in. So far so good.

“He missed a large chunk of last season through injury. He had a cruciate injury and there were complications with it for whatever reason.

“But he’s back and looking good in training. Potentially it could be a new start for him.”

Hoskins will continue to train with the Reds this week and could even feature in Saturday’s first pre-season friendly of the season, at Halifax Town (3pm kick-off).

But whether he plays or not will depend on whether the Reds are willing to offer the player a deal.

From the outside looking in the deal would probably make financial sense given the player is a free agent, but length of contract and wages would obviously have to be agreed.

And Wilson knows Hoskins well from when he managed the Blades and brought the striker in for a 12-game loan spell.

“It [any potential deal] has to work financially for us because now we’ve got to adhere to the new structures which are in place,” added Wilson.

As exclusively revealed in the The Star on Monday, Sheffield United are understood to have held discussions with leading scorer Chris O’Grady.

However Wilson is reluctant to sell the striker who scored 15 goals last term.

The 28-year-old has one year left on his current contract and told The Star he wanted to stay at Oakwell.

But O’Grady is believed to be on a short-list of players who have been identified by Blades’ boss Nigel Clough to fill the vacancy which exists for a proven striker.