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Danny Wilson on recruiting new players and playing a patient game

28 May 2014

Up and down the country managers of football clubs are busy trying to put deals together to recruit new players ahead of the 2014/15 season. Danny Wilson has been no different and he explained where Barnsley Football Club are at the moment in the recruitment process.

“It’s not a quick process unfortunately,” commented the Barnsley manager. “It’s not on the side of the Club in most cases, but it is about the players. They will wait and bide their time and see what opportunities are open to them and then they will make their choices.

“We have our hat in the ring for a few players and we are still working very hard. As you can imagine it has been and will continue to be a very busy period behind the scenes.

“We are also hoping to play some of the younger players we have here and give them an opportunity, but we still need to supplement that with players coming in and we will try and get the best quality that is available to us at this time.

“Some of the players we have identified as being right for this club will no doubt be attracting interest from other clubs. That’s where it is a bit of a waiting game – are they going to come to Barnsley or are they going to head to another club and do we need to go to plan B.

“Sometimes it’s a game of patience, but we are very experienced with what happens at this time of the year. You have to be patient, but you have to be brave as well to keep going for the player you originally went for and then not to get too disappointed if some of those players you have targeted do not come. It’s important that you have other targets in mind in case that happens so you can quickly move on.

“It’s difficult as a fan sometimes because you might not see a lot of activity going on, but if you look up and down the country it’s not happening anywhere. This is not just about Barnsley, it is up and down the country unless you’re one of the top clubs who are spending millions of pounds on a player. At our level it is a slower process and it is a time game and one where every club will probably have a frustration that things are not happening at the speed they would like it to.”

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