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4 August 2022

Michael Duff spoke to press ahead our clash with Cheltenham Town on Saturday at Oakwell.


"Matty Wolfe and Josh Benson have both taken knocks in training. They'll need to be assessed before the game, we're not sure whether they're going to be fit enough or not. Mich [Helik] is still not ready.

"I think that it is it."


"It will be more of a development loan. 

"He's a good player, Man City don't generally sign bad players, but he is young. He's raw. I think it works for both parties."


"In terms of plate spinning, there's dozens of them. 

"You're not in control with a lot of them. You're waiting on other people, you're waiting on agents, sometimes it's players. Sometimes you're waiting on other clubs getting a player in. There's normally that ripple effect where one player in means another player can come out. That's where we're at. 

"It's not through lack of hard work. Myself, the recruitment team are working ever so hard. But, you can't make things happen in football. Unfortunately, it's not quite that easy."


"Every player that is there apart from the goalkeeper they have signed late on loan, and the right-back, even the players they have signed in the summer, I'd sort of 'OK'd' them all.

"I watched their game from the weekend, they should have been 5-0 up at half-time against Peterborough. If people think 'oh, it's a team that finished in the bottom half; they run hard. They were really unfortunate to lose, they should have won on Saturday. The game should have been put to bed at half-time, and then they let Peterborough in and Peterborough made three changes, and the quality they've got in the top end of the pitch ultimately ended up hurting them. 

"If there's anybody to expect what is coming, it is me. But, hopefully, we can let the players know, don't disrespect the level, don't disrespect the club. We're at this level for a reason, Saturday proved that we can't just rock up and do what you want to do. We need to be able to run hard and do the basics better than what we did."

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