Kane insists he is able to force his way into Danny Wilson’s first-team plans at Barnsley

Kane Hemmings is desperate to force his way into Danny Wilson's plans
Kane Hemmings is desperate to force his way into Danny Wilson's plans
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Striker Kane Hemmings is “desperate” to force his way into Barnsley’s starting XI.

But the former Cowdenbeath hitman has told The Star he’s prepared to be patient before he finally gets a decent run in the Reds’ the first team.

Hemmings is currently being kept out of the team by fellow centre-forwards Sam Winnall and Devante Cole.

The strike duo have notched up six goals between them in the Reds’ last six fixtures, and Hemmings said: “I need to bide my time, that’s all I can do. Coley and Sam are both doing really well at the moment, so I can’t really have any complaints. They’re both scoring goals, so I’ve just got to wait for my turn.

“I’ve not played as many games as I’ve had liked, but I’m still working really hard in training and just waiting for my chance.

“The goals have been coming in the last few games so it’s hard to force your way into the side.

“But every striker goes through a run when they’re not playing. I know how it is and I’ll be ready when I do get my opportunity.”

And Hemmings, who scored an impressive 24 goals in 39 appearances for Cowdenbeath last season, hopes that opportunity comes this Saturday when Barnsley hose Burton Albion, his hometown club, in the FA Cup first round at Oakwell.

Hemmings’ has family who live close by to the Pirelli Stadium and used to regularly watch the Brewers when he was a kid growing up.

“Hopefully I can get my chance this weekend, but it’s all down to the gaffer [Danny Wilson],” admitted Hemmings.

“It would be great to play against Burton. My mum and brother live close to the ground and they’ll be coming up to watch the match on Saturday.

“I remember going to the old stadium Eton Park with my mates when I was a kid to watch Burton play and then at the Pirelli Stadium.

“It was a good crack and I suppose in some ways watching Burton played helped me decide I wanted to be a footballer one day.

“I used to play Burton League Cup finals at the ground and it’s a good club.”