BARNSLEY: Manager Keith Hill hopes new signings will keep him safe

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KEITH Hill would like to recruit two or three players ahead of the weekend.

The Reds hosts Cardiff City at Oakwell on Saturday on the back of a 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers.

Hill, who had seen his side lose their four previous matches before picking up a welcome point, wants to add more “quality” to his side so they can climb further away from the relegation zone. “Recruitment is key,” stressed Hill. “It’s brilliant; I’ve been told I’ve got money to bring players in. It will protect me, there’s no doubt about that.

“We’re trying to plan to break-even financially and we’re trying to plan for the future, but in a Championship that is so ruthless financially you’ve got to be able to recruit.

“Money gets you results. But what we’re trying to do is the knight in shining armour: here we come on our horse trying to save the financial football world! However that can’t be achieved over night.”

Leading scorer Craig Davies scored in his first game back from injury and new loan signing Marcus Tudgay impressed on his Reds’ debut.

But Hill wants more depth to make sure he safeguards his own future at the club.

“I definitely want more recruitments, I want to work with real quality,” Hill added. “I want to develop that quality, but time isn’t on your side as a football manager.

“I woke up the other day and thought ‘who am I protecting here?’ I need to start protecting myself a little bit. The players will always remain whatever happens results-wise. I encourage development and a plan for the future, but those words are foreign and alien.

“All I keep doing is hearing myself talking about the future. But I want to talk about Keith Hill’s future now.”