BARNSLEY manager Keith Hill has praised the professional attitude shown by defender Rob Edwards with the player having struggled to cement a regular starting berth this season.
Edwards started the season for the Reds having been one of Hill’s early summer signings when he replaced Mark Robins at the managerial helm.
But the former Blackpool and Wolves centre-back had to wait nearly two months to get back in the side after last featuring in the club’s 5-3 away defeat at Cardiff back on October 22.
It was not until last Saturday that Edwards returned to the starting 11 in the away clash with West Ham.
“He’s [Rob] been a great squad player. He will be patient, but everybody has got to be patient. If there’s no patience you don’t play, it’s as simple as that,” Hill told The Star.
Edwards has played 10 times this season, but Hill has preferred to use the central defensive partnership of Stephen Foster and Jimmy McNulty.
Foster and McNulty have both played in 20 of the club’s 22 Championship matches so far this season, with Edwards having been forced to take a back seat.
“I think people are understanding that it’s a squad game and I’ve not got any trouble - and I won’t have any trouble from any of the players,” stressed Hill.
“There’s a squad value to what we’re doing, as long as everybody’s kept in the loop with respect to conversations we have and the demands we put on the players.”
Derby County loan midfielder Miles Addison has been another player who has had to wait patiently for his chance this season with other players ahead of him. But with Manchester United loan player Danny Drinkwater missing for between two to three weeks with a thigh tear, Addison was also given a welcome chance to perform against the Hammers.
And the 22-year-old didn’t disappoint with a workmanlike display in the middle of the park.
“He’s found it difficult not getting in the side, but I thought he was excellent,” said Hill.