Barnsley: Reds run rule over former Miller Hoskins

Will Hoskins
Will Hoskins

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson is running the rule over former Rotherham United hitman Will Hoskins.

Hoskins, who played under Wilson at Sheffield United, has not played a competitive match for nearly 18 months having struggled with injuries.

But Wilson is having a look at the 28-year-old with a view to helping the player resurrect his injury-prone spell in the wilderness.

If the Reds do sign Hoskins he is likely to come at very little cost having been out of contract since being released from Brighton and Hove Albion last month.

Hoskins has international pedigree having represented England at U18, U19 and U20 levels.

The Nottingham-born striker started his career with the Millers and netted 23 goals in 73 appearances during 2002-2007.

He later went on play for Watford in the Premier League and had loan spells with Millwall and Nottingham Forest before a permanent move to Bristol Rovers where he netted 17 goals in 43 appearances.

Hoskins signed for Brighton in May 2011 on a two-year deal but only played 18 games for the Seasiders because of injury and joined the Blades on loan.

Wilson is continuing his search for new players, but has told The Star he is keeping his cards close to his chest with regards which players he wants to bring in.

But the manager does want another striker and has been linked with a move for former Tottenham Hotspur marksman Jonathan Obika.

Former Reds’ winger Jim O’Brien joined League One rivals Coventry on a two-year deal.

O’Brien rejected a new two-year deal at Barnsley and was understood to have attracted interest from Rotherham, but the Sky Blues were able to tempt the player to the Ricoh Arena.

“We are delighted to bring a player of Jim’s quality to the club,” said Coventry boss Steven Pressley.

Meanwhile, promising Academy midfielder Darren McKnight, aged 18, has a signed a six-month professional deal with the Reds.