BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill is targeting a 22-man squad for next season and wants Brighton and Hove Albion defender James McNulty to be his next signing.
Hill swooped earlier this week to land Rochdale duo Matt Done and Scott Wiseman. The Star understands Wiseman’s deal was finalised yesterday with the defender having penned a three-year deal at Oakwell.
And next on Hill’s hit list is Seagulls left-back McNulty, a player who the Reds boss holds in high regard.
“We’ve made an approach to speak to James,” Hill told The Star. “We’re hopeful of getting him, but you never know in this game.”
McNulty, 26, played for a Everton and Liverpool’s youth team, before spells at Caernarfon Town, Macclesfield Town and Stockport County, before agreeing a three-and-a-half year switch to Brighton in February 2009.
But the highly-rated defender suffered a big setback when he ruptured a kidney in a pre-season game for the club later that month, a blow which sidelined him until October. In total McNulty has played just 15 games for Brighton, but impressed on loan at Scunthorpe United last season, making nine welcome appearances as he worked hard to get some first team football under his belt.
“He [James] is a player with a lot of pedigree,” added Hill. “I saw him at Stockport, he’s an established player and someone who we believe can develop into a better player.If he stays free of injury then we’re confident he can do well. He’s a left-footed player and a hungry player. He’s someone we like a lot.”
The Star also understands Derby County’s versatile defender/midfielder Miles Addison was expected to sign a deal with the Reds yesterday, a loan move until January 1 which will give the former England Under-21 international the chance to play first-team football on a more regular basis.
“I’m really looking forward to working with him [Miles],” Hill said. “He needs first team games – and we’re going to give him that opportunity.
“He can play in a couple of different roles, but I see his preferred position in central midfield.”