Barnsley: Waiting game for Reds Boss Lee Johnson

Reds manager Lee Johnson
Reds manager Lee Johnson

Barnsley boss Lee Johnson is working hard to strengthen his squad with new players.

But Johnson won’t be rushed into signing players at what he calls a “funny” time for recruitment.

Johnson swooped to sign former Halifax Town defender Marc Roberts on a three-year deal earlier this week.

And goalkeeper Adam Davies has penned a new two-year deal with the League One outfit.

More new signings are expected to arrive at Oakwell following a summer clearout in readiness for next season.

However, Johnson stressed: “There’s not a lot of movement at this time of year, to be honest.

“It’s a funny time of year.

“We’ve identified our targets and we’re primed and ready to go, but it really is a case of waiting.

“There’s a lot of players on holiday at the moment and then there’s a lot of players who are going to hold out for new deals.

“But, of course, the nearer it gets to the start of the season and they might not have a club, well then things change and their price could drop.

“We’re not going to rush and sign anybody, but we are ready to go when players become available.

“I’m confident we’re going to get some of the players we want.

“But you never know until they’ve signed on the dotted line.”

Johnson has admitted that in an “ideal world” he would “love” a 22-man squad for next season.

But the 33-year-old would settle for 18 first-team players by the time the Reds squad return for pre-season training on July 1.

Meanwhile, the latest player linked with a move to the Reds is defender Shaun Pearson.

The ex-Grimbsy Town and Boston United centre-back is outof contract, but the 26-year-old has been offered a new deal to stay at Blundell Park.

Pearson is also believed to have attracted interest from other clubs after some impressive performances at the heart of the Mariners’ defence last season.

Oakwell defender Lewin Nyatanga has not yet revealed whether he will sign the new two-year deal offered to him by the Reds.