Hill linked to former Rochdale ace Perkins

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BARNSLEY are believed to be keen to sign highly-rated Colchester United midfielder David Perkins.

Perkins is out of contract with the U’s this summer and The Star understands he could once again link up with his former boss Keith Hill, this time at Oakwell.

The 28-year-old hard-working midfielder blossomed playing for Hill at Rochdale between 2007-2008 and was a key player in helping the club reach the League Two play-off final against Stockport County.

Meanwhile Reds director Don Rowing has admitted to The Star that their new boss Hill nearly slipped through their fingers.

And Rowing was delighted that both parties agreed on rolling one-year contracts to bring former Rochdale boss Hill and his assistant David Flitcroft to Oakwell.

Hill, who was the club’s early choice to become their new manager, rejected an initial approach to manage the Championship club and said he was staying at Rochdale.

The Reds then made Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade a front-runner, but were denied the chance to speak him by O’s chairman Barry Hearn.

However, having had “important time to think” Hill decided Oakwell was the right place for him and all parties agreed on a deal for him and his good mate ‘Flicker’ to take over the managerial reigns following Mark Robins’ resignation.

Barnsley were then refused permission to speak to Leyton Orient’s Russell Slade so they re-contacted Hill.

“This time we all agreed and came to a decision, which was great news for everyone. I’ve seen what he and David have done at Rochdale.

“Rochdale have been in the lower reaches of the Football League for over 40 years and then, suddenly, this guy comes along and turns their fortunes around.

“He has a very impressive [managerial] record, based on organisation and hard work.

“The harder you work, the luckier you get. I think that’s how it works.”