BARNSLEY WIN THE RACE FOR FRIMPONG
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.”