Date: 8th March 2016 at 4:23pm
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Paul Heckingbottom, who you sense has to be in with a great chance of not only being named as a candidate for the League 1 Manager of the Month for February but to win it too (not that I’m actually sure we would want the ‘jinx’ of him winning it mind), has revealed no less than four or five other clubs wanted Harry Chapman when Barnsley brought him in on loan.

His connections to people in he north east helped the caretaker head coach get his man, which we’re thankful for us he did as the 19-year-old shone at weekend as he impresses in his early stages with us during this spell.

Chapman’s performance, which included a fine goal, against Walsall not only cost Sean O’Driscoll his job it saw the Reds’ Middlesbrough loanee named in the Football League Team of the Week.

The Yorkshire Post quote Heckingbottom as saying not only did his connections help bring about the move but the fact clubs can see what we’re doing here also did.

‘Four or five clubs had asked for him and I found a couple of them out, because when we got him, they let me know. So that was nice. I know a lot up there from my time in the north east, including Steve Agnew, Dave Parnaby, Adam Reed and Craig Liddle, Graeme Lee and Mark Tinkler (at Middlesbrough). They know about Barnsley and how we try to play and that we have a young group.’

He went onto add players like Chapman need to know ‘his value here’ with, which is what a loan is all about, such moves enabling some give and take for all to benefit.

We’re looking to play good football, the right way, with him also saying this will help bring in other players if they see what we’re doing and where we’re getting players from etc.

He finished by saying that’s the ‘selling point.’

‘That`s our selling point and if we can do good jobs for their lads, like we have for United in the past and they have made money off the back of us, that`s great and we are more likely to get other players. Likewise with Boro; if we do well with Harry as well, it`s another club and good connection and, hopefully, we can benefit off it in the future.’

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