Barnsley: Wilson moves quickly to replace Kennedy

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Barnsley strengthened their squad with two new signings yesterday on the same day defender Tom Kennedy left the League One club by mutual consent.

Kennedy had one year remaining on his contract, but The Star understands he was keen to leave Oakwell having attracted interest from Championship clubs.

Reds’ boss Danny Wilson had said he thought it was in everybody’s best interests if Kennedy left, cryptically adding that “I don’t think some people have taken to him like one or two others have”.

And within less than 24 hours of those comments, Kennedy had agreed a compensation package with the club and was allowed to leave earlier than expected.

But Wilson had two new players ready to sign and in left-back Joe Dudgeon, he had found a perfect replacement for Kennedy.

Dudgeon joined the Reds on loan from Premier League Hull City on an initial one-month loan deal, with the view to a extension if his opening spell in South Yorkshire goes well.

“As soon as I was told about the interest it was good to get involved,” revealed Dudgeon, who trained with the Reds yesterday. With the month loan I’ll hopefully get five of six games which will be great for my legs. Hopefully I’ll bring something to the squad.”

And Wilson also swooped to strengthen his growing squad with the signature of defender Reece Brown, from Watford, on a one-year deal.

Brown joined the Reds for an undisclosed fee, with the player and club having agreed the option of a further 12 months at the end of the season providing things go to plan for both parties.

The 22-year-old is the younger brother of Sunderland and former Manchester United centre-back Wes.

On his new move Brown said: “I need to start playing games. Having interest from Barnsley wasn’t something I was going to turn down.”

Meanwhile, The Star can reveal that the Reds had been close to a deal to sign Coventry winger Carl Baker, but the deal collapsed because of a failure to agree personal terms.