Barnsley: Wilson tips new boy Nick to lift Reds

Nick Proschwitz, left, has joined Barnsley on loan from Hull City.
Nick Proschwitz, left, has joined Barnsley on loan from Hull City.
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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson believes new signing Nick Proschwitz will be a big – and welcome - hit at Oakwell.

Wilson made Hull City’s Proschwitz his fourth new signing yesterday when the German striker joined on loan until the end of the season. And the 27-year-old, who follows in the footsteps of fellow new recruits Liam Lawrence, Brek Shea and Ryan McLoughlin, is hoping to get some much-needed first team action having played just six games for The Tigers this term.

“His experience is something that will help us now, rather than getting a younger player in. He is someone who will be able to hit the ground running,” Wilson said.

“I think Nick and Chris (O’Grady) will be able to feed off each other quite well. He is a player who likes to score, he can get into the box well and he is a good finisher.

“Hull have been fantastic with us in getting this deal done and I can only say thank you to them for that and hopefully a big thank you at the end of the season.

“It can be difficult identifying the right players and then getting them into your club and it’s not always easy to entice someone to the club, particularly when you’re at the bottom of the league like we are.

“Nick seems very positive and he is not fazed by the position we find ourselves in. In fact it’s quite the opposite, he feels very confident he can get the goals that will help us out.”

Proschwitz’s switch to Oakwell marks the beginning of the end of his frustrating time at the KC Stadium as City bid to cut their losses on the £2.6m signing.

Since joining from SC Paderborn in July 2012, the 27-year-old has consistently struggled to live up to expectations, scoring just seven goals in all competitions.

And Wilson is still looking for another striker to add to his team as they continue their quest to avoid relegation.

Wilson is continuing to monitor the availability of former Sheffield Wednesday hitman Leroy Lita, although The Star understands the Reds have not made an official bid for the player.

The Reds face League of Ireland Premier League side Dondalk in a friendly fixture at 7pm tonight with tomorrow’s home Championship clash with Wigan Athletic having been re-arranged.

Proschwitz joined the squad yesterday for the squad’s flight to County Louth.

Meanwhile, the Reds’ re-arranged away fixture with Charlton Athletic has been confirmed as Tuesday February 25, 7.45pm kick-off at The Valley.