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BARNSLEY boss Mark Robins has backed new loan signing Marlon Harewood to be a big success at Oakwell.

Despite Sheffield United interest, Harewood joined the Reds on Saturday from Blackpool, until the end of the season.

“Marlon will do well for us. He’s not played a lot of games, but once he’s got a few under his belt we’ll see what he’s capable of,” said Robins.

“There’s no doubting Marlon can score; he’s got a good record.

“I worked with him in training and his finishing is very good.”

The manager added: “I’m glad we’ve got him in the building; it’s testament to [club owner] Patrick Cryne for allowing me to do some good business.

“We’ve just got to make sure we can utilise him in the side, but he’s versatile and has Premier League pedigree.

“He’s been playing in a 4-3-3 with Blackpool, but I’m sure he’ll be fine fitting in. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

And more good news for Robins, whose side face Derby County on Saturday, is the welcome return of defender Jay McEveley.

Experienced full-back McEveley has not played since October since his medial knee ligament op, but is expected to play for the reserves against the Blades tomorrow - and a return to the first team squad could around the corner.

“Jay’s been training for the last two weeks. It will be good to see him back,” said Robins.