Barnsley: New-boy Hemmings hopes to hit the ground running

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NEW Barnsley signing Kane Hemmings is aiming to be a big hit at Oakwell.

The highly-rated 22-year-old striker, who scored 24 goals in 39 appearances last season, joined the Reds on a one-year deal yesterday from Scottish Championship outfit Cowdenbeath.

But the lure of playing in the English third tier saw Hemmings, who won last season’s Scottish Championship Player of the Year award, decide to head south to try and further his career.

“I want to hit the ground running and score goals,” insisted Hemmings.

“I had a decent season last season, so I want to continue doing that and scoring as many goals as I can. I like to think I play well with another striker and that I’m quite quick and get in behind people. But at the same time, when I’m playing with people, I can link up with another striker and do well.

“Last year it worked well for me. One of the reasons we scored a lot of goals at Cowdenbeath was my partnership with other strikers.

“I’d like to think I’m the type of player who is always in the box at the right time. I’m there to score the goals.”

And Reds boss Danny Wilson is confident Hemmings, his second summer signings, will blossom at Oakwell next season.

“I don’t think he’ll have a problem adapting, that’s why we’ve brought him in,” said Wilson.

“We’ve been aware of Kane for quite a while. I first saw him playing for Rangers a few seasons ago.

“We take him now off the back of a very good season with Cowdenbeath. He’s got a very good record in a team that struggled quite a lot.

“And we hope this is now another step forward for him and his career.”