Barnsley: Hope for Reds as Liam leaves

Liam Lawrence
Liam Lawrence

Liam Lawrence is no longer training with Barnsley, but manager Danny Wilson remains hopeful of signing the former Sunderland and Stoke City winger.

Lawrence, a good friend of Reds stalwart Bobby Hassell, trained with the Championship outfit for a week.

The 32-year-old has returned to parent club Greek side PAOK to discuss his future and whether he can be released early from his two-year contract which expires in August.

“Liam has gone back to Greece, but we’re still interested in him,” Wilson told The Star.

“We know what he’s about and what a player of his calibre is capable of.

“He’s trained with us and done well. He knows Bobby, which is a good thing, it’s always helpful knowing someone at a new club. He made his debut with Bobby at Mansfield, so they know each other well.

“He’s the type of character we’re looking for. He’s a leader and a very good player.

“I’m looking for players with experience because we’re in a situation where we can’t afford to just sit on our hands and pray everything will be alright.”

The Reds remain rooted to the foot of the Championship.

But Wilson’s side had the luxury of some extra rest with last weekend’s away clash with Charlton Athletic postponed at the last minute because of a waterlogged pitch.

The new boss has already strengthened with the loan signings of Stoke City winger Brek Shea and Liverpool right-back McLaughlin.

As exclusively revealed in The Star yesterday, Wilson is also interested in signing Swansea City hitman Leroy Lita.

Lita, who bagged seven goals in 17 games on loan with Sheffield Wednesday, played under Wilson at Bristol City.

Wilson hopes his friendship with Lita will help persuade him to join the Reds.