Date: 11th July 2015 at 12:08pm
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Lee Johnson worked with Bolton striker Conor Wilkinson, formerly of Millwall; at Oldham and now he’ll work with him again at Barnsley following his signing on loan until early January, initially.

Highly thought of, it would appear, at his parent club as he signed a three-year contract upon his arrival at the club after starting out at Millwall with this contract extended towards the end of last year to take him through until the summer of 2018.

First-team football is what Wilkinson needs at this stage of his career though.

The chance to work with Johnson again is something he told the Official Website he couldn’t say no to nor could he refuse the chance to come to Oakwell.

‘When Barnsley came in looking to take me on loan I couldn’t turn it down with this being such a big club, great set of fans, good players and big aspirations this season, and of course the chance to work with Lee again.

‘Hopefully I can add some goals, I’m big, like to get in the box, create chances and try to play some good football. I’m looking forward to the game tomorrow. It’s been good meeting the boys today and I’m raring to go for the upcoming season.’

Score the goals during your loan Conor, and help create space and opportunities for others, and that’ll repay us without a doubt!

Johnson himself added that he’s excited about working with the Irish U21 international again, whom he feels is close to senior recognition. With us giving him ‘the right tools’ and with him in ‘the right team’ coming to us he’ll shine with him quick to point out that he’s more than a big target man.

‘Conor brings real quality, there’s no doubt about that. He’s a big lad, six foot two, but he doesn’t particularly play six foot two, he’s a real master of the ball. He’s got lovely technique off his left foot, nice feel, a strong shot and he can score different types of goals.

‘He’s a talented boy and an honest lad as well. He was excellent for Oldham against Barnsley and he tore the defence to pieces in the Johnston`s Paint Trophy so I’m sure the fans that went to that game will remember how well he played.’

I don’t want to put extra pressure on the lad but he’s been strongly talked up by Johnson, and himself to a degree, so we’ll be expecting big things, no pun intended, from the 20-year-old and I’d expect his loan – assuming it goes to plan – to be extended beyond January 4th.

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