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Wilson Already Building With Youngsters Set For Bench

1 May 2014

Club News

Wilson Already Building With Youngsters Set For Bench

1 May 2014

Reds Manager Danny Wilson already has his sights set on building a squad for the new season with QPR visiting Oakwell this Saturday.

Wilson revealed a number of youngsters will make the bench for the final match of the season, as he looks to the future of the Club.

“Injury-wise we aren't looking too bad,” said Wilson. “I think what a lot of people will look at is the bench because we'll be introducing one or two youngsters in the squad. 

It's still a great fixture. They'll (QPR) want momentum going into the play-offs.

“It'll be a tough game but a great game. I just wish there was something resting on it, points-wise.
“The nucleus of the team will be the same as the ones who have played all season.”

All loan players, apart from Peter Ramage, have returned to their parent clubs, with Wilson commenting on the Crystal Palace loanee.

“He's done himself proud in his approach and professionalism,” said Wilson. “He’s not played that much recently. It's only fitting he plays his final game.

“You're always after quality players but he's under contract. The quality of player that he is would always be of interest. 

“We have a meeting with the board of directors next week and all players will know our decisions from then.”

In terms of shaping a squad, Wilson knows the turnaround of players will be significant as he sets about building a competitive squad.

“It's a massive overhaul but we knew this would happen,” continued Wilson. “We knew it would be addressed at some point. 

“We've basically got a clean piece of paper in front of us in some respect. 

“We have to prepare ourselves that the players under contract here will be with us next season. 

“It'll (retained list) be out in the middle of next week. The decisions made won't be easy. There'll be popular and unpopular ones but the bottom line is we are doing it for the football club.

“I want a team to go out there, represent me, the football club and, most importantly, the fans. 

“What we've got to make sure is we retain the highest quality team that we can. 

“This regrouping would have happened anyway whether we were in the Championship or League One. We'd have to regenerate players anyway. Obviously there will be cutbacks but that doesn't mean we can't be competitive. 

“We've got a great chance and a great challenge in front of us. 

"It's a clean sheet and we're rebuilding.

“The fans, I'm sure, will welcome a winning team on a weekly basis. They want to be excited.

“We've made lots of inroads but you never get any certainties at this stage. We have to make sure we identify the players who represent he club in the way we want it representing. 

“It'll be a more rounded thing for us. The fans deserve that. They want to see players who they think 'I'd play like that.'  

“I'm quite excited about the challenge on front of us to put a team together that could be successful. 

QPR are the visitors as they prepare for their Play-Off campaign, with Wilson tipping Harry Redknapp’s side to go all the way.

“He'll (Redknapp) know who's performed and who hasn't performed. I'm sure there are reasons why they haven't gone up. They've got an array of talent to choose from and sometimes that can be a problem in itself, not that this is the case but Harry will be able to tell you. 

“They're big favourites for the play-offs.”

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