Reds boss is ready to do business

BARNSLEY boss Mark Robins would love "to do something" in the transfer window.

But the Reds manager is playing a waiting game to see if can get the right player or players to strengthen his squad.

Robins has worked in the loan market to bring a string of players to Oakwell this season.

And he's understandably keen to keep building because he sees potential at the South Yorkshire club.

"I'm ambitious, I want to take this club forward," Robins told The Star.

"The window is open and I'm looking to do something. Whether I can do that remains to be seen.

"But everyone I've brought in so far has been a decent addition to the side."

Former Birmingham City striker Garry O'Connor has impressed so far and committed himself on loan at the club until the end of the season.

And Manchester City youngster Kieran Trippier has done the same, having also sparkled this term.

Stoke City midfelder Diego Arismendi and Wolves loan left-back Matt Hill have also impressed on loan.

Arismendi tied himself to the club until the end of the season having bought into Robins' ambitions for the club, while the manager is looking to secure a longer deal for Hill, having recently extended his loan move by another month.

"Things need tweaking if we're going to move forward - and I'll continue to do that," added Robins.

"We'll keep working and I've challenged the players to have a better second half the season compared to the first half.

"There's an element of frustration for me because we seem to play really well for 45 minutes in matches and then the other 45 minutes are not as good.

"It's about teaching the players to maintain the levels we're looking for to make them better.

"This club has a lot of potential and I'd love to build something really special.

"It's obvious what we need to do. We do need a little bit of pace in the side.

"I want to make improvements and hopefully I can do going forward."

The January transfer window slams shut on the last day of this month and, as yet, Robins admits there's been no interest for those players that are not going to make his first team every week.

Striker Liam Dickinson has been loaned out to Rochdale until the end of the season having failed to command a regular place, while winger Martin Devaney - whose currently sidelined with a hamstring injury - was loaned out to MK Dons last season and Wallsall this season.

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