Barnsley have continued to strengthen their squad for a promotion push in 2015-2016 by signing 19 year old midfielder Wade Maxwell from Premier League giants Liverpool.
Maxwell who was born only 51 DAYS before The Reds memorable triumph at Anfield in their one and only top flight season has been with the Liverpool Academy since the age of seven but has now arrived at Oakwell in a rather unassuming, quiet transfer.
He tweeted yesterday:
Happy to of signed for @bfc_official hard work starts now
The Reds have also signed two wingers on trial who will take part in pre-season training and several friendly matches. First up is 20-year-old Omar Rowe who progressed through the youth ranks at Southampton, signing professional terms in 2013. During his two-year stint at St Mary’s Stadium he made only two appearances for the South Coast outfit, his debut being the 5-1 demolition of Barnsley at Oakwell in the 2013-2014 League Cup. He then played in their next round victory over Bristol City.
Also looking to impress is 27-year-old Scotsman Iain Vigurs who has just been released by SPL side Motherwell.
Vigurs has spent his entire career in his homeland playing for Elgin, Inverness, Ross County and Motherwell whilst also winning two Scotland Under 19 caps.
Reds head coach Lee Johnson tried to sign the former Celtic youth player in the summer of 2013 whilst in charge of Oldham but after that move collapsed he signed for Motherwell where he scored six times in 47 appearances over a two year spell.
In other Oakwell news, Barnsley have agreed a sponsorship deal with local company Palmer Construction LTD to have their name emblazoned on the back of the club’s first team shirts whilst three players have joined primarily for the Under 21 squad. Callum Evans, arrives from Manchester United, Cameron Scott from Blackburn and Ben Drennan from Newcastle.
Finally The Reds home game with Scunthorpe United has been moved forward 24 hours so will now take place on Good Friday (25th March 2016) rather than Easter Saturday. The club were heavily criticised last season for playing Easter Saturday and Monday rather than Good Friday and Monday like most other sides, and were defeated on both days, 2-0 by Sheffield United and then 3-1 at Colchester, which virtually ended their play-off hopes.