Boss Hill says Cotterill just right type for Reds

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill swooped yesterday to bolster his squad with the signing of former Sheffield United right winger David Cotterill until the end of the season.

Ex-Blade Cotterill passed a medical at Oakwell yesterday and trained with his new teammates having joined on a free transfer.

The 24-year-old was allowed to sign a permanent contract despite the transfer window being shut because he has been out of work since being released by Swansea last month.

“We’ve got to wait for cross-border clearance because David has played for Wales, but that should come through” Hill told The Star. “He’s not going to be able to play against Burnley but he’ll be fine for Saturday’.

“David’s a talented player and someone who we believe will do very well for us.

“He could have easily gone on holiday and planned what he was going to do next season, but he wants to kick start his career.

“He was a free agent and comes with a lot of experience, so it was a no-brainer for us. He’s the right pedigree of player we look for.”

Cotterill started his career with Bristol City, playing over 60 times for the Robins before a move to Wigan Athletic.

A brief spell with the Latics was followed by a loan move to the Blades, before signing a permanent deal at Bramall Lane and going on to play make over 50 appearances for the club during.

In 2009 he was loaned to Swansea and won himself a permanent contract with the Swans, featuring 35 times in the side that won promotion to the Championship.

But the former Wales international was released from his Swansea contract by mutual consent last month having not started a game in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, winger Jim O’Brien (groin) and left-back Jay McEveley (knee) are both in contention to start tonight at Burnley.

Barnsley’s postponed home match with Birmingham has beeen re-arranged for a week today, kick-off 7.45pm.