BARNSLEY boss Danny Wilson is hopeful he can keep Manchester City loan striker Devante Cole for longer.
Cole, the son of former England and Manchester United hitman Andy, has signed for the Reds on loan until 5th January.
But Wilson hopes Cole, who has scored five goals in 13 appearances this season, will stay at Oakwell instead of being tempted to a Championship club in the New Year.
“We’re hoping we can get Devante for longer than when his loan expires in January,” revealed Wilson.
“I think we’re in a good position to do it, but we’re no further down the line in getting an extension at this moment in time.
“But it’s fair to say Devante is really enjoying himself here, he’s been made to feel very welcome and the fans have really taken to him.
“I don’t think he’s looking to go anywhere else at the moment, but the ball is completely in Manchester City’s court.
“However, I’d like to think that because he’s playing first team football they’d give us an extension to his loan.
“I can’t really see the longevity of him going to a Championship club and sat on the bench not playing games.
“He knows he can play here, get experience and get some game understanding at a tough level.”
“I would be surprised if he wanted to swap playing here for a Championship club.”
And Wilson also reveled he is looked to extend the initial one-month load deal of Fulham winger Ryan Williams, with the Australian due to leave South Yorkshire on November 2
“Hopefully, yes,” admitted Wilson. “He’s sharp, he’s quick and he can only get better.
“He’s still only a young lad, so from that point of view he’s got a bright future.
“But ultimately it’s down to both players’ parent clubs to what they want to do.”
The Reds face table-toppers Bristol City today with midfielder James Bailey restored to the squad having served a one-match ban for his red card against Peterborough United last Saturday.
But winger Dale Jennings is still missing as he continues to do extra work on his fitness before he returns to the first-team fold.
“There’s no doubt we can match them [Bristol City],” predicted Wilson, ahead of this weekend’s game.
“If we can get a result this weekend, against the top of the league, then there’s no doubt that would be a confidence boost.”