Barnsley boss Danny Wilson hopes his trio of new signings will play key roles in helping the club push up the League One table.
Wilson has been working hard behind the scenes to do the majority of his business before the inevitable frantic finish to the transfer window on deadline day.
And yesterday the Reds’ manager unveiled three new additions to his squad ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Yeovil Town at Oakwell.
Manchester United midfielder Ben Pearson and Stoke City striker George Waring both penned initial one-month loan deals with the Reds, while former Chelsea centre-forward Milan Lalkovic – who played six games on loan for Doncaster Rovers in 2011 - has joined the South Yorkshire club on a permanent 18-month deal.
“Overall we’re delighted with what we’ve been able to do at this juncture,” reflected Wilson, who also signed Chelsea striker Alex Kiwomya on a one-month deal last week. All three of the boys are young boys in terms of league experience, but there’s scope to keep the loan players for longer if things work out.
“We’ve been a little bit thin on the ground these last few weeks with injuries and loan players going back to their parent clubs, so we obviously needed to bulk the squad up. But what we’ve bulked the squad up with is quality, it’s not just been a case of filling gaps.
“We certainly believe that the three new lads will push the other lads in the team. “If one or two players need a kick up the backside, then that’s great because we needed that.”
Crystal Palace defender Peter Ramage has signed a loan extension until the end of the season, but Wilson revealed that he will sign more new players before the window shuts.
“There will be more, there’s some more to come,” said Wilson. “We might have to wait a week or two to get them in, but we believe we’ll have some more players through the door soon. They’re going to be permanent and loan deals.
“We’re still looking to strengthen in all areas. There’s a lot of players out of contract next season, so we don’t want to get caught cold with that situation.
“We needed to do our business early. From the owner’s [Patrick Cryne’s] point-of view and mine, we’re also building for the future as well. All the new players are not for now, some of them will be for next season as well.
“One or two will get their chances this season though, for sure.”