Barnsley: Lee Johnson could mount Oldham Athletic raid

Lee Johnson
Lee Johnson

Reds boss Lee Johnson has revealed he could raid his former club Oldham Athletic for new signings this summer.

Johnson has revealed he is going to make plenty of changes ahead of next season.

And speaking exclusively to The Star, Johnson has admitted he could return to the Latics to try and entice tried and tested players to Oakwell.

“They’ve certainly got some decent players – and we’re in for good players,” said Johnson. “There’s definitely something to be said for tried and tested players. It’s better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t.

“We’ve got a lot of similar players at the moment, but we are looking for a certain type of DNA of player for the squad we’re trying to build.

“The team we put out next year is going to be different, of course it is, but we’re going to give a few players to sink or swim before the end of the season.

“Hopefully that little under-belly of young players will improve and that will give us a good competitive element to the group next season.

“It’s better to plan early. I’m just really excited about next season because I know we’ll be able to get the quality to supplement what we’ve got already, who we want to retain and the younger players coming through.”

And Johnson, whose side face Bradford on Saturday has admitted some of the club’s loan players could be permanent targets for next season.

Stoke City striker George Waring, Crystal Palace centre-back Peter Ramage and Colchester United striker Jabo Ibhere are all out of contract with their parent clubs at the end of the season.

“Those players are still looking to see if they can earn themselves a contract,” added Johnson. “There could be options there.”

Meanwhile the club have a announced a new four-year deal kit deal with Puma and Genesis Sports.