Reds loan swoop

BARNSLEY boss Mark Robins swooped to sign Hull City defender Nathan Doyle in the loan market yesterday.

The 22-year-old full-back has signed for the Reds on a three-month emergency loan deal to get some first-team games under his belt.

And the move could not have come at a better time for Robins with full-back Bobby Hassell, last season's Player of the Year, sidelined for up to two weeks with an Achilles injury.

Luke Potter, who can also play at left-back, is also out - the defender is still recovering from a recent knee operation.

"Nathan's a very talented player. We needed cover at the back so it's good to have got him in," Robins told The Star.

Doyle started his career with Derby County and has also had successful loan spells at Notts County and Bradford City. He joined Hull in 2007 but has struggled to cement a regular first-team place with the Tigers, making five appearances for Phil Brown's team.

Robins has already signed ex-Fulham midfielder Julian Gray on a one-month deal.

Robins is also casting his managerial eye over Slovenian international defender Suad Filekovic, a player who was recommended to him by one of his football contacts.

Filekovic, aged 31, is a 6ft 3in centre-half who has played 14 times for his country, while domestically he has played for Slovenian sides NK Olimpija Ljubljana and NK Maribor, the latter for whom he made over 150 appearances. The defender has also played for Greek Super League side Ergotelis, Belgium club RE Mouscron, Croatian Premier League NK Hajduk Split and had a spell with Russian Premier League FC Krylia Sovetov Samara.

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