Local rivals Sheffield Wednesday have pipped The Reds to the signing of Bury midfielder Mike Jones………

……….The 24 year old’s contract with the League One side was due to expire this summer which alerted both The Owls and The Reds but it was the men from S6 who stepped in first with a cash offer to lure him to Hillsborough in time for their 1-0 defeat to Charlton last weekend.

Hill said of Jones who netted 23 times in 170 games for the Shakers:

"We wanted to sign Jones, but unfortunately we didn't manage to get out of the starting blocks," Hill told the Sheffield Star.

"Sheffield Wednesday are going for promotion and they've done well to sign him; we were very interested but they got there first.

"It's nobody's fault we missed out on him, we knew he was out of contract in the summer, but they've obviously offered him some good money."

Barnsley's interest in the player was very real but Hill was forthright enough to concede their interest never managed to progress to the stage where they could make a bid.

He added: "Unfortunately we weren't close at all in getting him, the deal was signed and done before we could get a chance to try and get him to sign.

"He's a very good player and the right calibre of player we believe we should be attracting to the club.

"Mike was one of a number of players we've been looking at, so we'll have to see what happens before the transfer window shuts."