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Reds All Set For Season Opener

Friday August 8 2014

Oakwell Oakwell

THE Reds' new-look side kick off their League One campaign against Crawley Town on Saturday.

In total, 21 players have left the club since the club's final game of their eight-year Championship stay against QPR in May.

Last season's 15-goal striker Chris O'Grady was perhaps the highest profile departure, the talisman leaving for Brighton after seeing interest from both Charlton and Sheffield United. 

Luke Steele, the Reds' long-serving goalkeeper, left for Greek giants Panathinaikos, with only a handful of senior players such as Dale Jennings, Jean-Yves M'voto, Martin Cranie and Danny Rose surviving the cull. 

However, manager Danny Wilson has been actively bringing in replacements, including proven goalscorers - albeit at lower league level - in the form of Sam Winnall and Kane Hemmings.

Winnall, 23, helped Scunthorpe United to promotion last term, contributing 23 goals to the Irons' tally. Young, eager and a genuine threat, he could be the one to fill O'Grady's shoes.

Hemmings, 22, spent five years at Rangers before bagging 24 goals for Cowdenbeath last term.

Talented midfielders such as Conor Hourihane, James Bailey, Keith Treacy and Luke Berry have also joined to bolster the Reds' midfield, as well as two keepers in the form of two-time loanee Ross Turnbull and youngster Adam Davies.

Ex-Manchester United academy graduate Reece Brown, 22, has also joined, inspired by Wilson's youth-led project, whose team has an average age of just 21.

Youngsters have also been urged to show their quality. Jack Cowgill, Brad Abbott, George Maris, Rhys Oates, Dominic McHale, Paul Digby, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, James Bree and George Smith have all signed professional deals and will hope to feature.

"I've been really impressed with the attitude and ability of the new signings," Wilson said. "They seem to have hit it off as a group and are getting on very well.

"The fans have embraced what we're trying to do, too. I can see there's real positivity out there."

Chief executive Ben Mansford added: "Hopefully the ‘Made in Barnsley’ dynamic will resonate with fans. It's definitely what got Danny promoted to the Premier League, with an academy and group that lived in the locality. 

"We can give the town what it deserves and the supporters what they want in terms of a group who will give absolutely everything for Barnsley." 

Are you optimistic about the season? Where do you expect Barnsley to finish? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by chris appleyard on Friday August 8 2014 at 14:29
I Think barnsley will finshed 2nd in the table

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Sunday August 10 2014 at 17:05
yes 2nd bottom

Reply Posted by Red on Friday August 8 2014 at 15:24
I think they'll do well. Wilson's brought in some good lads who'll be great at this level.

Reply Posted by True Red on Friday August 8 2014 at 17:05
I don't need to think tarn will do well mr ladbrooks has a loan of my fifty quid for instant promotion

Reply Posted by shaz on Friday August 8 2014 at 19:25
Reds will done well this season. Got some good players. Back up we go.

Reply Posted by Neil on Saturday August 9 2014 at 17:12
Usual start for the reds lol

Reply Posted by shaz on Saturday August 9 2014 at 19:14
Its only 1st game. Got to give new players time to gel together.

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Saturday August 9 2014 at 19:32
crawley. is this a football team hahaahaha

Reply Posted by Whitt79 on Saturday August 9 2014 at 19:50
If any of you were there you would know the ref wasn't fit for the conference and that Crawley came for a draw and got a goal from a set piece at the death.... Onwards and upwards you reds .....

Reply Posted by Trev on Saturday August 9 2014 at 20:58
First game brand new team, to be expected. No over reactions here.

Reply Posted by what grinds my gears on Sunday August 10 2014 at 12:29
Do you know what really grinds my gears why do we always have rubbish reffs at home? Barnsley played well pressed all game until the red card, to me its either both sent off or non hopefully with lita up from weve got an attackin threat YOU REDS!!!

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Sunday August 10 2014 at 16:41
town are going down again

Reply Posted by Red Optimist on Sunday August 10 2014 at 16:56
I was at the match and lets be honest, we were rubbish. Crannie apart, no other player looked comfortable on the ball. We looked physically weak and created very few chances. Unless we are prepared to spend money on players proven even at this lowly level it is going to be another season of struggle. Talk about mis-management.

Reply Posted by Red on Sunday August 10 2014 at 18:46
First game, talk about over reaction.