Barnsley: Wilson will target physical forward in loan market

Danny Wilson.
Danny Wilson.
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Reds boss Danny Wilson is glad the transfer window has slammed shut.

But that doesn’t mean that he won’t be trying to strengthen his squad with the loan window set to open next week.

Wilson has recruited ten permanent signings and two loan signings this summer as he attempts to try and guide the South Yorkshire club back into the Championship.

And despite a promising start Wilson has admitted the re-building at Oakwell hasn’t finished just yet.

“We didn’t manage to bring anybody else in on transfer deadline day, but that doesn’t mean to say that we can’t in the next few weeks,” revealed Wilson.

“We’ve got the opportunity of bringing in players on emergency loan option, so if something’s available we might end up going down that route.

“We need that strong striker coming in there who can relieve a bit of pressure off the smaller strikers. We’ve always needed that physicality in there [the penalty area].

“In the wide areas we need a bit of cover as well and also probably in central midfield.

“We’ve got Conor [Hourihane] and Brad [Abbott], but there’s not lots more.

“Paul Digby is away on international duty at the moment [with England Under-21s], so it’s those areas we’ve got to consider.

“But the areas we managed to fill, well we’ll just have to wait and see.

“We’re looking at all options in all honesty. We’ve just got to hope and prey that the right one drops in our lap. It’s unlikely, but you never know.”

The Reds have no game this weekend with Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby clash with Doncaster postponed because with Rovers missing a number of players on international duty.

But Wilson’s side get the chance for a welcome weekend break before their next outing next Saturday at home to MK Dons.

And his side can look forward to a chance to progress in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy having been victorious in midweek.

“The objective was to be in the hat for the second round draw – and we’ve achieved that,” added Wilson, whose side beat League Two York City 2-0 at home on Tuesday night.

“That was a potential banana skin game for us. We got a little bit lucky at times, but we improved in the second half and showed the threat we have.

“That was a very good result for us in the end because York played very well.”

Meanwhile, Reds’ midfielder Hourihane has been nominated for the League One Player of the Month award for August.

Hourihane, who signed in the summer from Plymouth Argyle, has started his Barnsley career in fine fashion with some excellent performances in midfield and three goals.

The Irishman is up against Preston North End winger Chris Humphrey, Coventry City centre-back Reda Johnson and Bradford City striker James Hanson for the award. The winner will be announced tomorrow (Friday).