Quick work as new boss snaps up duo

Free agent: David Perkins
Free agent: David Perkins
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CHESTERFIELD striker Craig Davies is expected to sign for Barnsley today.

The highly-rated Spireites hitman was due at Oakwell to put pen to paper on a two-year pre-contract agreement to play for the Reds next season.

And the Reds also swooped yesterday to sign Colchester United midfielder David Perkins on a similar two-year pre-contract deal.

Both Davies and Perkins are contracted to the Spireites and U’s respectively until the end of the month, but both want the chance to play in the Championship next term when their current deals expire.

New Reds boss Keith Hill has worked his magic and wasted no time in recruiting both new players having only taken over the managerial reigns last Wednesday.

Davies scored an impressive 25 goals last season, 23 of which came in the league as John Sheridan’s on-song side powered their way to the League Two title.

The 25-year-old Wales international had the best season of his career so far having made the move to the B2net Stadium on a free transfer from Brighton in July 2010.

Perhaps surprisingly Davies has played for ten different clubs since 2003, but it was a move to the Spireites - on a one-year-deal - which finally saw his career blossom.

The Burton-upon-Trent forward started his career with Manchester City eight years ago, followed by spells at Oxford United, Hellas Verona, Oldham and Brighton, with loan spells with Wolves, Stockport County, Yeovil Town and Port Vale.

Davies represented Wales at Under-17, 19 and 21 levels, before making his senior debut in August 2005, featuring as a substitute in his country’s goalless draw with Slovenia.

A string of other clubs were believed to be interested in signing Davies, but the ambitious 6ft 2in striker is now expected to dazzle at Oakwell next season.

Perkins, 28, was bought by Hill for just £6,000 from Morecame in 2007 and established himself as a key player in the Rochdale side which reached the 2008 League Two Wembley play-off final.

Perkins played almost every game last season and won the club’s Player of the Year award, Players’ Player of the Year accolade and Supporters’ Player of the Year award.