Barnsley: Wilson’s joy as Dudgeon deal extended until January

Joe Dudgeon.
Joe Dudgeon.
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Reds boss Danny Wilson believes he has done an astute bit of business to keep Hull City loanee Joe Dudgeon at the club for four more months.

Defender Dudgeon joined the Reds on an initial one-month loan deal prior to the start of the new League One season – and yesterday he agreed an extension to stay with Wilson’s side until 5 January.

The 23-year-old left-back has started every league game so far this season for the Reds and is confident the club can be successful this term.

“It’s been brilliant so far,” said Dudgeon. “The lads and the staff have been unbelievable with me, so while I’m here I’m going to give my all.

“It’s about getting games. I’ve struggled with injuries over the past couple of seasons, so I appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given.

“I can’t wait to push on for the rest of the season. It’s a great team and there’s a great philosophy here, so I’m sure it’s going to be a great season.

“I wanted to join a team that suits the style I play. Barnsley have been great for me.”

A delighted Wilson reflected: “It’s a great bonus getting Joe until January. He’s a little warrior and a tremendous little warrior.

“I can see why [Hull manager] Steve [Bruce] sees so much about the lad.

“I know he’s not been playing in the Premier League for them, but it’s a big, big step into the Premier League.

“But from our point of view I can certainly say I’m delighted he’s staying on.

“He plays with a lot of maturity at times and, for a kid so young, that’s a great asset to have. Overall it’s great news we’ve been able to keep him.

“It’s been fantastic from Hull as well because they’ve trusted us with one of their players for a long period, which is great.”

Wilson’s side, who are unbeaten in their last four league outings, entertain League Two York City at Oakwell tonight in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

And the manager has stressed that the competition is “a high priority for us.”