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Hill On Tudgay and Recruitment

15 November 2012

Keith Hill met the press ahead of this weekend's match against Bolton Wanderers to talk all things football.

The first question was naturally about bringing Nottingham Forest's Marcus Tudgay to Barnsley on loan.

"He is a proven striker and always excited me as a manager watching him at Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and Forest. He is a player that I have always wanted to work with and represents good value in respect to what I want in a player. 

"He wants to play games, he doesn't want to sit comfortably in a squad where he isn't playing so he is hungry to come and play and score the goals that we need.

"When Marcus has played on a regular basis he scores goals and he is a team player. We are desperate for goals, it's the one ingredient missing, but it's the most important ingredient.

"We need more signings to come in of the calibre of Marcus in the course of this next and next week. We need to recruit at least two or three more players. We thought we had a couple more, but that hasn't come off, but we are encouraged that we now know the type of player we want to recruit we are able to do so."

Questions moved on to the current squad and injuries.

"Craig Davies is in contention but I may err on the side of caution. The reoccurring theme at the moment is reoccurring injuries. I'm pretty nervous about picking a player who has picked up an injury this season because they seem to be getting injured again. It's definitely holding us back. Not to have David Perkins in our squad for the third time for the same injury is a big miss and at times the ramifications of not having him and Craig Davies in the side has probably had the biggest impact on our results.

Finally it was on to playing Bolton at the weekend and coming up against Jacob Butterfield.

"Jacob Butterfield should be playing for us. We inquired about him prior to him going to Bolton and he was compatible with coming back but he ends up going to Bolton. I'm not too sure why, but he would have played here and got his confidence back.

"There is an adjustment period for clubs who get relegated from the Premier League, for players, coaches, supporters. They've found that quite difficult and now Dougie Freedman has gone in to build them back up.

"We go to the Reebok with a smile on our faces, with a fighting mentality and that's how we have to go into every game and be ready to take teams on and conquer them.

You can watch the full interview on Barnsley Player

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