Barnsley: Ryan’s joy after debut, as boss Wilson seeks striker

Barnsley's Ryan McLaughlin
Barnsley's Ryan McLaughlin

Reds loanee Ryan McLaughlin got his first taste of professional action in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Blackpool - and can’t win for more.

The 19-year-old, on loan from Liverpool, filled in at right back against Blackpool, as Chris O’Grady’s double delivered all three points.

“I hadn’t played a game since late November, so it was my first game since then,” the Northern Ireland youth international said.

“It was just great to play 90 minutes.

“It’s a great move for me to have a chance to play in the Championship, and I was just thinking it would be a great experience for me. When I came in the lads were very welcoming.

“Maybe at another team in the relegation zone the lads might have been down, but that wasn’t the case.”

Reds boss Danny Wilson hopes to bring in a striker ahead of their next clash, against Blackburn next Tuesday, to ease the pressure on hitman O’Grady.

“Chris is a terrific pro,” Wilson said, “and when you see him train week in, week out, you wonder how he’s not scoring.

“We’ll hopefully do some business soon that will hopefully help Chris.”

Wilson - who has also brought in Stoke winger Brek Shea on loan and Liam Lawrence on a short-term deal, as well as McLaughlin - is also set to run the rule over Lecsinel Jean-Francois, who he worked with at Swindon Town and Sheffield United.

The left back suffered a series of knee problems at United, and was released. He recently trained with Nigel Clough’s side, to regain some match fitness.