Barnsley: Johnson urges Reds players to prove their worth

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Reds boss Lee Johnson has challenged his battle-weary side to finish the season as strongly as they can.

And with contracts up for grabs next season Johnson expects nothing less from his players, starting at home to Peterborough tomorrow.

George Waring will miss Saturday's clash with Peterborough through injury

George Waring will miss Saturday's clash with Peterborough through injury

“We’re actually going to be quite ruthless with our recruitment for next season,” admitted Johnson. “There’s a lot of good players in the market, so we’re not going to leave any offers open for too long.

“Over the next week to ten days we’re going to look at contracts and new players.

“We want to get players in early and ready for pre-season, albeit we can add some players late on if they have sprinkling of genius.

“It’s fair to say we’re going to need to make signings if we want to be successful next season.”

Having gone on an impressive nine-game unbeaten run, the Reds have not won in their last four outings.

And Johnson knows his team face a tough test against a Posh side who sit just one place below them in the table.

But finishing as high as possible, with other games against Bradford and Rochdale, remains the name of the game.

Stoke City loanee George Waring is missing with injury, while winger Dale Jennings will miss the remainder of the season with an ankle issue.

“It will be a tough game, there’s no doubting that,” said Johnson. “But we want to finish as well as we can. It’s important we finish strongly.”

Johnson has given up hope of the Reds sneaking into the play-offs with just three games to go

But the 33-year-old has been impressed with many aspects of the Reds play this season and is confident he knows what areas need to be strengthened for a concerted promotion push next term.

“I know where we are and what’s required,” said Johnson. “If I get the opportunity to get it [new players], then I know we’ll be stronger for it.”