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Hill on Brighton Test

23 August 2012

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“There’s a certain amount of risk to tying players up, depending on the finances. But there are certain risks that have got to be taken. We have got to tie down some of the regular first-team players because they will be sought after as Matty Done is by other Championship clubs.”

“It’s good to have these young players from the Barnsley area representing Barnsley.

“There’s got to be a futuristic view as well. This word that’s not liked within football circles is ‘development’ – we’re going to develop these players.

“It’s great when you see the type of foundation work and the plan we’ve got envisaged for this club starting to materialise. It’s only early days for John Stones and Paul Digby and the other young players.

“I’m really happy for John Stones and happy with the progress he’s made at this football club,” said Hill.

Hopeful of a return this weekend is youngster John Stones – who has also been boosted by call-up to the England Under 19s squad.

“It’s a little bit sad that we can’t do that a result of the injuries that we’ve incurred.”

“I look at the squad in its entirety and I’m really, really pleased with it. I can’t see too many problems with having the squad we’ve got when fully fit taking on the demands of the championship. Unfortunately at this moment in time, we haven’t got a fully fit squad.

“He’s (Perkins) got a slight tightening of the hamstring. He will be out for ten days, if we force anything with David it could be a long-term injury.

“We are really down to a visible, see-through squad of players,” added Hill, who is without Luke Steele, Ben Alnwick, Rob Edwards, Reuben Noble-Lazarus, Paul Digby, Toni Silva, Mido, Jim O’Brien, Matty Done, Jim McNulty and more recently David Perkins.

“They’re an excellent side. They play the right style of football. Its going to be a difficult proposition under any circumstances to go to Brighton and get a result but that’s what we’re going to try and do.

Speaking on Saturday’s opponents Brighton, Hill told the press this morning

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