Date: 19th January 2015 at 6:03pm
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A few ins and a few outs over the last couple of days at Oakwell, so a quick round up.

The club have long since announced the arrival of Stoke City striker George Waring who has moved to us on an initial one month loan spell.

The 20 year old began life at Everton as a youngster, and is now in his second year at the Britannia Stadium.

He moved to us ahead of the game against Yeovil Town the other days and speaking about the 6ft 5in forward, manager Danny Wilson said.

‘George will give us that presence we’ve been lacking in the final third. He’s a very tall lad and he will, hopefully, be able to link the play and help us sustain pressure on the opposition.’

Having made his debut in the Yeovil game, and a scoring debut at that, he following that up with another start this weekend against Doncaster Rovers, gaining himself a yellow card in the process.

Another forward joining us was Slovakian youth international Milan Lalkovic. The deal was subject to international clearance and the 22 year old striker had put pen to paper on an 18 month contract, following his release from Czech Republic side FK Mlada Boleslav.

He comes to us having come through Chelsea’s academy, and having gained league experience during loan spells with Doncaster and Walsall.

Wilson explained.

‘Milan has a great pedigree and he adds pace and guile to our team. We’re all looking forward to working with him.’

He also made his debut in the Yeovil game, and followed that up with a substitute appearance against Doncaster. In his career so far, he has made 36 starts, with a further 24 appearances from the bench, and has scored six times during his loan spell at Walsall last season.

Completing the pre Yeovil additions, we also brought in Manchester United youngster Ben Pearson. The recently turned 20 year old midfielder penned an initial one month loan spell, and he was a highlight in the reserve friendly at Oakwell back in July.

He made his debut against Yeovil, and comes to us with England youth international experience, where he has also captained the U19 squad a number of times.

Wilson explained.

‘Ben left a lasting impression on us from our friendly in July. He is a very good player and will add energy and class to our midfielder. I’m delighted Manchester United have allowed us to have Ben on loan.’

Following our game against Yeovil, we also saw two departures.

The first was 21 year old forward Reuben Noble-Lazarus who completed a permanent switch to Rochdale, following a successful loan spell with them where having joined them in November, he made six appearances, scoring twice.

Having come through our Academy, he went down in the record books back in September 2008 where he became ours and the Football League’s youngster ever debutant when he faced Ipswich Town aged only 15 years and 45 days old.

He made eleven starting appearances during his time with, and 38 substitute showings, scoring three times against Millwall, Leicester and Reading.

The other departure was midfielder Keith Treacy.

The 26 year old joined us over the summer on a two year deal as a free agent, and has gone on to make 16 appearances, however he left us by mutual consent and is again a free agent.

So back to the arrivals.

21 year old former Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Josh Scowen has joined up with us, signing a two and a half year deal. He heads into Oakwell for an undisclosed fee and he has been an integral part of their side that has rose to the top of League Two so far this campaign.

Wilson explained.

‘We’ve identified what we feel is one of the best players in the division. He’s highly regarded by his team mates and those he’s played against this season. We’ve looking forward to working with him. He gives us tenacity and adds strength to the team and he’s got the heart of a lion – that’s what we need and what we want.

Scowen comes to us having made 100 appearances for Wycombe, 97 of which were starts and he’s scored three times.

He came in ahead of Doncaster, but is yet to make his debut.

There was another departure as well, 20 year old midfielder Brad Abbott has moved out to Conference side Chester FC for an initial one month loan spell to aide his development and give him some additional first team action.

The Academy graduate has so far made eight appearances this season for us, after signing an 18 month extension to the six month deal he signed over the summer.

He moved to Chester in time to make his debut for them in the scoreless draw against Southport last weekend.