Date: 8th August 2015 at 7:03am
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Ahead of the season getting underway Lee Johnson has spoken about the use of the loan market Barnsley have already dipped into on no fewer than five occasions midfielders Dan Crowley, Ben Pearson and Joe Rothwell along with striker Conor Wilkinson and ‘keeper Nick Townsend.

Quoted in the Yorkshire Post the Reds’ Head Coach feels we’ve got to be realistic about the types of players we could, at this stage, bring to Oakwell with the finances involved, not that it wasn’t necessarily possible to have done this….

Arsenal’s Crowley, Man United duo Pearson and Rothwell, Bolton’s Wilkinson and Birmingham’s Townsend should all be seen as ‘shrewd’ loan signings, with Johnson saying.

‘Some people moan about loans, but they have to be careful when they do that.

‘We want to make these guys permanent, if possible. I am not saying that will be possible, the players have got to want to come, the clubs have got to want to sell them.’

Will these players become ‘available’ for Barnsley to buy in the future? This wasn’t being ruled out, with the exception of Crowley ‘who is pretty much seen as a future Arsenal player.’

Johnson wasn’t looking to be disrespectful towards the others, and their first-team chances at parent clubs however he added he’s not ruling out permanent arrivals at the end of their loan spells if they could be sold and they want this.

‘I am not saying Rothwell, Pearson, Wilkinson and Townsend aren’t, but I think you never with those guys.

‘Realistically, they are at the age where if they would have got into the first-team, they would be in at now and competing.

‘They are with us now on loan for a reason, and we like them. If there’s ever an opportunity to bring those guys in on a permanent, then we will.’

The preferred option would always be to have contracted players to the club that, as much as a contracted player is these day, you know will be part of the longer-term planning but if these quality options were available we had to take them didn’t we?

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