Reds Head For The Forest To Solve Keeper Crisis.

Barnsley have had to delve into the emergency loan market to solve a goalkeeping crisis for this weekend's League One game at Accrington Stanley.

With first choice stopper Adam Davies away on international duty with Wales and now back up keeper Jack Walton suffering a devastating posterior cruciate ligament injury in the Checkatrade triumph over Bradford which will keep him out until 2019, the Reds have moved to sign Jordan Smith on a one week loan from Nottingham Forest.
 
The 23 year old has come through the youth ranks at the City Ground and has made 46 appearances for Aitor Karanka's side since signing professional terms in 2016.
 
Smith who has also had loan spells at Ilkeston and Nuneaton started 14 Championship games for Forest in 2016-2017 and then 30 in 2017-2018 including the 2-1 defeat at Oakwell in August 2017 but has been ousted by two time Premier League winner Costel Pantilimon this season and has appeared just once this season - in an EFL Cup tie against Bury where he was sent off after 33 minutes.

Even though Walton is out until next year, Barnsley have only been able to sign Smith on such a short term deal as Football League rules state "Clubs are permitted to sign a goalkeeper on a seven-day ‘emergency loan’ basis if they do not have a senior goalkeeper that has made five first-team appearances" and therefore it remains to be seen whether 19 year old Jake Greatorex will be Davies' understudy at least until January.