HILL STARTS TO REBUILD

Craig Davies has become one of Keith Hill's first signings at Oakwell. Picture: Barnsley FC.
Craig Davies has become one of Keith Hill's first signings at Oakwell. Picture: Barnsley FC.

NEW Barnsley signing Craig Davies is confident he can continue to his goal –scoring exploits in the Championship after switching from Chesterfield.

The 25-year-old netted 25 goals as the Spireites raced to the League Two title last season.

He put pen to paper on a pre-contract agreement at Oakwell and will officially join Keith Hill’s regime when his deal with Chesterfield expires on July 1.

Davies said: “I’m jumping up two leagues but I’ve played in all three leagues before.

“It’s going to be a big jump but I’m confident I can do it.

“I’ve got to work hard and hopefully I’ll get the goals.

“I like to be a handful, I like to be a pain for the defenders.

“I’ve got decent pace and decent strength and I like to have a shot as well.”

Davies said he was sad to leave the Spireites but was keen to prove himself capable of starring in the Championship.

He spent time on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship in 2006, since playing for Oldham and Brighton before joining Chesterfield last year.

Reds boss Hill was delighted to secure his services.

He said: “Craig has got great potential, he’s a very exciting talent.

“He did really well for Chesterfield last season and deserves his chance in the Championship.

“He’s got a lot of potential and is an ambitious player, he’s a very good signing for us.

“It’s great to have got him in the building, it’s just the start of what we’re trying to do at the club.

“I think he’s done his homework on us and knows we have a reputation of developing players and getting the best from them.”

Hill has also secured the signing of Colchester United’s David Perkins, who he previously worked with at Rochdale.

The 28-year-old former Morecambe midfielder played almost every game for the U’s last season, winning the club, supporters and players’ player of the year awards.

And Hill has tipped him to quickly establish himself as a favourite at Oakwell.

He said: “He’s a little pocket rocket.

“I’m the sure the fans will appreciate his energy and style of play.

“He should be judged on what he does for us rather than where’s he’s come from.”

Both players have signed two–year deals with the Reds after turning down new contract offers from their current clubs.