New signings Jack Hunt and Emmanuel Frimpong can’t wait to show Barnsley’s supporters what they can do – starting with what they hope will be a strong performance in today’s derby clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Right back Hunt, on loan from Crystal Palace, and midfielder Frimpong, on loan from Arsenal, are expected to make their debuts at Hillsborough despite no first team football for months - Hunt hasn’t played since August and Frimpong not at all this season.
“Mentally it has been a tough time for me, but that’s football,” said Hunt, 23, who joined Palace from Huddersfield in September but broke his ankle in training before playing a game.
“You’ve got to get on with it. If I have to go in for a tackle, I’ll go for it.
“I know it’s going to be hard for me to make the whole 90 minutes in my first game but I’ve done a lot of running and I feel good.
“However, you can do all the running in the world, but when you get out on the pitch it’s a totally different type of fitness.
“But I’m naturally very fit and hopefully the adrenalin of a big derby game helps me.”
Frimpong, 22, said: “Danny Wilson called me and wanted me to come, play and help the team push out of the relegation zone.” Hopefully I can help the team achieve that.
“I wouldn’t say I’m fit yet, but the only way to do so is to play games. The more I play, the better I’ll get.”
Frimpong added: “It will be difficult, but it’s very important you start off well and make sure your first game is a good game. I am quite confident I can do that.”
Left-side midfielder Martin Woods, a free agent after being released by Doncaster Rovers recently, joined Barnsley until the end of the season.
This, along with Hunt and Frimpong, take Danny Wilson’s signings to seven since his Oakwell return adding to Liam Lawrence, Nick Proschwitz, Brek Shea and Ryan McLauglin). But Liverpool loanee McLaughlin, who has signed until the end of the season, suffered a hamstring injury and has been forced to return early to Anfield.