Reds boss runs rule over budding young stars

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BARNSLEY boss Mark Robins has been casting his eye over two promising youngsters.

Speaking exclusively to The Star, Robins revealed he has been having a close look at Aston Villa’s Harry Forrester and Fulham’s Matthew Reece.

Attacking midfielder Forrester, 20, played for the Reds’ reserve team in a 4-0 South Yorkshire derby victory over Sheffield Wednesday. And the former Watford player, who Villa snapped up for £250,000 as a 16-year-old back in 2007, has been training with the Reds’ first team with a possible move lined-up in the summer.

Forrester’s three-year contract with Villa expires in the summer, and Robins is a big fan of the player.

“He’s [Harry] a decent player, I’ve known about him for a while,” Robins told The Star.

“He’s been training with us and played a reserve game.”

But Robins stressed that Forrester had only been given the chance to play one game for the club, and that the player wasn’t on trial.

There was reported interest in Forrester from Tottenham and Manchester United before he signed for Villa.

Forward Reece has played a few games for the Reds’ Academy team and scored four goals in two games.

The youngster is a second-year scholar for the Cottagers, but Robins revealed the player has now returned to Craven Cottage having sustained a shoulder injury in the Reds’ Under-18 side’s recent 3-0 away defeat to Newcastle United.

“He’s [Matthew] scored a couple of goals for us and has done well,” said Robins.

Blackpool loan striker Marlon Harewood has returned to Bloomfield Road for treatment on his hamstring strain.