Former Barnsley coach Daren Fulford says that the club’s new striker Kane Hemmings will be a major hit in the upcoming League One campaign. Barnsley were relegated from the championship after several years in the second division of English football. In order to try and get promoted back to the second division as soon as possible, Barnsley have undergone several changes in the squad. One of the major changes will be the addition of striker Hemmings, who has been brought back to English football. He has spent the last few seasons at clubs like Rangers and Cowdenbeath.
Fulford says that he expects the striker, with whom he worked as a youngster at the club, will be a major success in the upcoming campaign. Fulford has watched Hemmings play for several Scottish clubs over the years. Last season, he won the award for the Player of the Year in the Scottish championship after scoring 20 goals with Cowdenbeath. Fulford says that Barnsley will be the perfect fit for him and he has also recalled the days that the club were seen in the premiership. The player stated that he is happy to be signing for Barnsley and expects this to be a good move in his career.
“I am delighted for Kane and it’s great to see him back in England, not least because I will get to see more of his games now! He’s been in Scotland since he was 16 and I think he has shown what he can do there. He scored more than 20 goals for Cowdenbeath last season and was named Scottish Championship player of the year, so he has proven what a good player he is. Coming to England offers him a fresh challenge and something else to prove now,” said Fulford about the club’s new signing.
Barnsley are preparing for the new League One campaign looking to add to the attack, according to manager Danny Wilson. The club managed to score only 44 goals throughout the entire season last time around. This saw them get relegated from the Championship after a few years in the second division of English football. Wilson recently expressed his desire to stay at Barnsley and help the club back into the championship. In order to do so, he is targeting a new look attack that will score more goals.
He says that the League One is an uncompromising division and that clubs will struggle to get out of the division if they cannot score goals. Barnsley have been known as a club that can play attractive football. Wilson says that the players that the club will be trying to sign in the summer will be those who can fit into the system. Based on the comments from the manager, it looks like midfield and attack will be the key areas that will be strengthened over the summer. Barnsley finished bottom of the Championship last season after a disappointing campaign.
They came close to getting promoted to the Premier League only a few years ago.
“League One is an uncompromising league, but there’s plenty of goals in it. If you can find the right players to fill the right areas, then you’re going to get goals. Our priority this summer is getting the best quality of attacking players into the club as we can. We also need the players in midfield areas and wide areas who can produce the chances for those players. The type of player we want is someone who knows and understands what Barnsley Football Club is all about,” said the Barnsley manager.
The club are set to lose some of the star names who will be looking to stay in the Championship.
Barnsley manager Danny Wilson has accepted that he faces the biggest rebuilding job of his managerial career, as he looks to get the club back into the championship. Barnsley were relegated to the League One after a very poor campaign. They finished just one place above the bottom of the table. Their relegation to the third division of English football was confirmed several weeks ago. They are set to sell a number of their star players in order to reduce the wage bill. The finances of the club will be severely restricted as they prepare for finances from the League One, which is significantly down from that of the championship.
Wilson accepted the blame for the relegation, but he says that he will be working extremely hard towards getting the club back to where they belong. Barnsley have become an established championship team in the last few years. They have spent the last eight seasons in the championship. The future of several players is in doubt given that as much as 16 players have their contracts expiring in the next few weeks. Wilson says that the club will be starting from a clean sheet of paper for the upcoming campaign.
Such statements have sparked rumours that almost every out of contract player will be allowed to leave.
“Yes, I would say it’s my biggest rebuilding job as a manager. There’s one or two issues still to be decided and I think the (QPR) game that’s coming up this weekend might provide us with an answer one way or the other. So there’s still a lot to play for from every aspect, for the players themselves, from our position for the fans, to hopefully send them off on a high note, playing against arguably the best squad in the division,” said Wilson.
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