BARNS­LEY WIN THE RACE FOR FRIM­PONG

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Luke Mur­ray

HE’S fa­mous for coin­ing the term ‘Dench’ but Em­manuel Frim­pong has no in­ten­tion of warm­ing the bench at Barns­ley.

The Arse­nal mid­fielder has more than 700,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers, but he’s found chances in the Gun­ners first team harder to come by.

The 22-year-old has played just 16 games for the Pre­mier League side but in his spare time re­cov­er­ing from a mul­ti­tude of in­juries he has re­leased a cloth­ing range called Dench – slang for nice – with rap­per Lethal Biz­zle.

But af­ter join­ing the Tykes per­ma­nently he’s vowed to get back to his best – and keep them in the Cham­pi­onship.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to be here,” said Frim­pong, who has been on loan to Wolves, Charl­ton and Ful­ham but has now ben signed by Barns­ley boss Danny Wil­son. “Ev­ery­thing hap­pened re­ally quickly. Danny called me and wanted me to come and help the team.

“I wouldn’t say I’m fit yet, but the only way to do so is to play games. The more I play, the bet­ter I’ll get. It’ll be dif­fi­cult, but it’s very im­por­tant you start off well. There are some very good play­ers in the Cham­pi­onship.”

Join­ing Frim­pong at Oak­well will be Jack Hunt, whose own in­jury night­mare is over. And the full-back is keen to prove his worth.

Crys­tal Palace snapped up the 23-year-old from Hud­der­s­field last Septem­ber but a week later a bro­ken an­kle in train­ing forced him to sit out the rest of 2013. Hunt has not made his de­but for Palace but is look­ing for­ward to three months with the Tykes.

“It’s been tough – it’s the first time and five months is a long time to be out,” he said. “But the lads have been bril­liant wel­com­ing me here.

“The in­jury is not too bad. It’s still quite early stages but with the win­dow clos­ing the club wanted to get me in.

“I’m not fully con­fi­dent on my an­kle just yet. I am get­ting a few lit­tle pains. It may be hard for me to last 90 min­utes in my first game but be­ing in a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle, I’ll put my body on the line for the club.

“That’s foot­ball.You’ve got to get on with it and that’s what I’m paid to do.”

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