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Danny on Yeovil and New Arrivals

8 January 2015

Reds boss Danny Wilson caught up with the press ahead of his side's home match with Yeovil Town this weekend.

The Barnsley Manager was boosted by the arrival of three new signings today in Ben Pearson, George Waring and Milan Lalkovic.

"Overall we're delighted with what we've been able to do at this juncture," said Wilson.

"All three are young boys in terms of league experience. George is a target man, a very big lad and people will see when he starts to play. He's a focal point and something that we haven't got at the club - that out-and-out target man.

"We're hoping he'll be the one who can retain the ball in the top end of the pitch for longer periods than we have done in the last few games.

"He can get hold of the ball and link it but there are other attributes he brings to the game as well.

"(Ben Pearson) He's a good sort and you don't expect anybody being a bad sort coming out of Manchester United. He's very highly thought of and we can remember, the fans may remember him too when he played against us here in the friendly.

"We've been aware of him for a while but it's availability. Warren Joyce at Man United, who is a friend of a few of the lads here and myself included, has kept in constant touch. He's one of a few players we've asked about and, thankfully for the month, he's coming to us.

"He's got a bit of tenacity about him and that's what we've needed. The other side of his game is good, which you'd expect him to have to play at a club of the prestige of Manchester United.

"I would expect from his perspective, getting league experience will stand him in good stead - to thrown down a few markers back at Manchester United. He's got at least a month here to get some confidence and to enjoy himself. I'm sure the fans will enjoy the way he played."

Finally, talking of the permanent signing of Milan Lalkovic - formerly of Chelsea - Wilson continued, "We remember him when he played for Walsall and Doncaster, he has a bit of quality and I'm sure the fans will love him.

"He's talented player with great skills and good pace. He'll work both ends of the pitch for you and he can play in a number of positions. He certainly gives us different options for when we're playing."

Definite absentees for the weekend include James Bree and Sam Winnall - the latter ruled out for at least another two weeks, as Wilson continued, "We've been a little bit thin on the ground this last few weeks with injuries and players going back to their parent clubs. We needed to bulk the squad up but what we've bulked the squad up with is quality - it's not just filling gaps with players just to fill the gaps and not be able to affect the team.

"Sam's not available again. It's going to be at least a couple of weeks until he's available for us again, which is unfortunate.

"It's just longer than expected - it's a hamstring injury and you just never know with them.

"James has got a problem with his back and with his growing spurts we have to be very careful with that.

"The way that he is and his age, he's quite vulnerable to other injuries if we're not careful, so we're keeping him in cotton wool at this time."

Turning his attention to Yeovil, Wilson added, "We are going to go after them, that's for sure. We're not just going to sit back and wait for things to happen. We have to make things happen at the weekend. They'll be a tough not to crack and we saw for long periods in the Man United game in midweek how tough it can be at times when a team sets itself out not to be beaten.

"I know it was 2-0 and it was a defeat but I'm sure they will have gained a lot of confidence from the performance."

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