New Barnsley goalkeeper coach John Vaughan is ready and raring to go after joining the Reds’ backroom team.
The 50-year-old’s arrival comes in time for the start of pre-season training, and Vaughan is eagerly anticipating contributing to the club’s promotion push.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Lee Johnson and the rest of the staff and players,” he said. “It’s a genuinely exciting time for everyone connected with the club.
“We have got some really talented players, including our goalkeepers, and I can’t wait to get cracking for the new campaign.”
Vaughan played under Johnson’s dad Gary at Cambridge United in the early 1990s, and the Reds boss is pleased to have appointed such a hard-working member of staff.
“I first met him early on in the summer and I knew him from before because he used to play at Cambridge United when my dad was manager and assistant manager,” Johnson told The Star. “So I knew of his character and his work ethic, and he’s had a decent career as a coach, particularly at Birmingham where he worked with some very good goalkeepers.
“It’s going to be important because we’ve got some really good young goalkeepers at the club and they need good coaching. So we’re delighted, we think he’s one of the better goalkeeper coaches around.”
Vaughan brings a vast amount of Football League experience to Oakwell, having made over 400 appearances in an 18-year playing career with the likes of Fulham, Cambridge and Preston.
He was part of Birmingham City’s coaching staff under Lee Clark until August 2014, having also worked with him at Huddersfield.
Part of his remit at Barnsley will be to oversee what promises to be an extremely competitive battle for the No 1 jersey between Ross Turnbull and Adam Davies.
Whilst Johnson knows that the work on the training ground will be vital, he maintains that ultimately it will be his decision who starts between the sticks.
“It’s my job to pick the team and his job to get them both in peak physical and technical condition ready for the choice that I make,” he added.
“It’s just a case of doing his job well which I know he will - he’s proved that at previous clubs.”
The Reds, meanwhile, are close to adding to their squad and are thought to have agreed a fee with Bolton Wanderers for striker Conor Wilkinson.