Reds boss Hill bids to keep loan star for rest of season

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill would love to extend Manchester United loan midfielder Danny Drinkwater’s Oakwell stay.

Drinkwater is on loan until January 2 when he is due to return to Old Trafford.

But Hill, having seen the 21-year-old blossom with an extended run in his side, believes the player would be well served by a full season with Barnsley.

“We want to extend his deal, Danny’s been a good loan signing,” Hill told The Star.

“His compatibility with the squad has been great to see, he’s come here without any Premier League arrogance.

“We’re really happy with the way he’s developing and contributing. He’s teamed up well with Butts [Jacob Butterfield] and Perks [David Perkins] in midfield.

“The style of football we play at Barnsley has suited Danny’s game, it’s been a good partnership. I would advise him to stay at Barnsley and complete a full season in the Championship, that would do him the world of good.

“He’s got the ability to play at a higher level, but you need experience before you take that next step. Before Danny came here I think he’d only played 10 games in the Championship.”

Drinkwater joined the Reds on August 23 having had loan spells with Huddersfield, Cardiff and Watford but Hill insists the former England Under-18 and Under-19 international’s future is in Manchester United’s hands.

“Danny’s shown a real willingness to join in, which has been pleasing,” added Hill. “He’s done well but it’s going to be down to Manchester United and the player.”

Drinkwater has started 12 times for the Reds and featured as a second half sub in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Leeds having returned from a one-match ban for five yellow cards.