Barnsley boss Danny Wilson swooped to sign a second new player yesterday in his second managerial spell at the club.
Wilson has recruited highly-rated Liverpool right-back Ryan McLaughlin on an initial 28-day loan deal.
And the 19-year-old full-back is tipped to make his debut for the Reds away to Charlton Athletic tomorrow afternoon.
“While I’m here I want to be playing as much football as I can and do well for the team,” said McLaughlin. “Hopefully I’ll be able to provide more attacking options going forward and chip in with a few assists and goals and help bring us up the table.”
McLaughlin, who is set to stay at Oakwell until 8 February, is a Northern Ireland Under-21 international who has yet to make his debut for Liverpool, but who is keen to get some first team football under his belt.
He added: “It’s great to be here finally and there are some good games coming up which I am looking forward to being involved in.
“I like to get forward, it’s a good part of my game, but obviously if you’re a right back your first job is defending.
“I’ve been training with some fantastic players at Liverpool and that can only bring you on and improve you as a player which I now want to be able to take into here and to play some great football at Barnsley.”
McLaughlin’s arrival at Oakwell now casts some doubt over the future of current right-back Scott Wiseman, who has been linked with a move to League One Preston North End.
But it looks as though McLaughlin, a player who likes to attack on the right flank, will get the starting nod against the Addicks. McLaughlin, who has international ambitions, said: “I’m just focused on club football and the moment and looking to impress here. It’s a very good standard in the Championship. If I do well here then we’ll see where it takes me.”
Wilson has already signed Stoke City winger Brek Shea on a one-month loan deal, with pace one of the key ingredients the manager believes will be get the Reds out of trouble.
And former Sunderland and Stoke City winger Liam Lawrence could be Wilson’s next recruit. Lawrence, a good friend of Reds’ stalwart Bobby Hassell, is currently on trial with the club with the view to a loan move from his parent club PAOK, the Greek Super League outfit.
However, the club yesterday denied that Nottingham Forest have made any offer for leading scorer Chris O’Grady. Forest are thought to be monitoring his situation but a Reds spokesperson said: “Forest have not made any offers for Chris. He’s a Barnsley player and has two years left on his contract.”