Reds in no hurry to sign forward

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has told The Star he won’t be signing former Manchester City striker Kelvin Etuhu - at least for the time being anyway.

Etuhu had a medical at Oakwell on Wednesday, but The Star understands the Reds are seeking medical advice after the findings were not as conclusive as hoped.

It is believed the Reds wanted to sign the 23-year-old striker on a one-year deal with Hill happy to give the player a chance to get back into football having spent the last few months in jail having been found guilty of assault.

“People are jumping the gun and saying we’ve signed Kelvin, but nothing’s been signed,” wrapped Hill.

“Until a contract’s signed then we’ve not signed a player, it’s annoying to be honest.

“He’s a player I admire, but at the moment the deal is ongoing because there are still things we need to look at.

“Nothing’s going to happen now anyway because we’re off to Spain next week for our [week-long] training camp, so that’s where things are at the moment.”

Etuhu was jailed for eight months on March 25 for his part in a drunken street brawl in February which left a man with a broken jaw.

The former Rochdale, Leicester City and Cardiff City loan striker attacked Owen Fitzpatrick following a dispute in a casino cocktail bar and was caught on camera kicking the victim three times on the ground after he floored him with a punch.

Etuhu pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.

He was released from prison earlier this week and Reds’ boss Hill has been in contact with the player and his agent a potential move to Oakwell as a free agent.

“He’s a good lad, but I’m not sure whether we’re going to be able to sign him at this stage,” added Hill.

The Reds’ squad had their first day of pre-season training yesterday, with two more days planned for today and tomorrow, as well as a training session next Tuesday before flying to Marbella to step up their training schedule.

“It [our first day of training] was brilliant, the players were really receptive and it was very enjoyable,” said Hill.