Reds head for sunny Spain with seven new signings

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BARNSLEY will kick-off their pre-season preparations with a trip to sunny Spain, but it’ll be a week of intensive training for the Reds under new boss Keith Hill, writes Nick Rigg.

Hill is taking his new-look Tykes squad to Benavista in Marbella for a week-long training camp before his side start their summer friendly matches.

The Reds squad will include seven new additions for the trip, the latest being defender Rob Edwards who arrives at Oakwell on a free transfer following his release from Blackpool.

Barnsley had made an offer for Sheffield Wednesday defender Mark Beevers but saw the offer, understood to be £200,000, turned down by the Owls.

It meant Hill turned his attentions to the experienced Edwards and got his man.

The former Crystal Palace and Derby County man has penned a two-year deal with Barnsley and will be on the plane to Spain with his new teammates.

The trip is aimed to get the Tykes up to scratch before they kick-off their friendly fixtures at SPL side Hibernian on Saturday, July 16.

The Reds have been one of the more active sides in the Championship transfer market so far this summer but Hill won’t be stopping just yet.

A striker is still on his wishlist and former Manchester City Kelvin Etuhu could be pulling on a Reds shirt next season.

The 23-year-old striker has spent the last few months in jail after being found guilty of assault in March but Hill could give the striker a second chance.

He had a medical at Oakwell last week but the findings were inconclusive.

It means Hill will wait until the squad return from Spain before making a decision on the former Leicester City loanee.

Former Reds striker Liam Dickonson has completed his free-transfer move to npower League 1 side Plymouth Argyle.

The 25-year-old endured an unsuccessful spell with the Tykes after moving to Oakwell last summer but Argyle boss Peter Reid has acted quickly to secure his services for next season.

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