JOHN­SON IS READY FOR THE JAN­UARY SALES

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Joshua Richards

LEE John­son be­lieves a bumper trans­fer win­dow can save Barns­ley’s sea­son as they look to get out of trou­ble – and reach Wem­b­ley.

The Tykes are far too close to League One’s trap­door for com­fort, de­spite the morale-boost­ing vic­tory over a sim­i­larly strug­gling Black­pool to close out 2015.

And John­son’s first port of call in the New Year is the loan mar­ket, with deals for Ben Pear­son, Ai­dan White and Lloyd Is­grove all up for re­newal.

De­fender Reece Wabara’s short-term deal is also set to ex­pire this month.

And with the John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy area fi­nal clash with Fleet­wood Town to keep an eye on, John­son is braced for some wheel­ing and deal­ing.

“We’ve seen the likes of Adam Ham­mill come in and he’s been bril­liant and Conor Houri­hane has upped his game as well,” said John­son.

“I think that truly good play­ers make oth­ers good play­ers and that’s the key. If we can get one or two more of them, we will be fly­ing be­cause that makes a big dif­fer­ence in this di­vi­sion.

“We are in the JPT area fi­nal which means any player com­ing in really needs to be el­i­gi­ble to play in that game as it is so im­por­tant to us.We all want that Wem­b­ley date and that sort of nar­rows the mar­ket for us.”

John­son also ad­mits he may have to fend off in­ter­est for Ir­ish mid­fielder Houri­hane, 24, who con­tin­ues to move from strength to strength af­ter leav­ing Plymouth in 2014.

“He’s added an­other di­men­sion to his game and his com­mu­ni­ca­tion has im­proved 100 per cent – now he’s be­ing a leader on the pitch,” added John­son.

“He is a clever lad and I think he can definitely play at a higher level, but hope­fully with us.”

TAR­GETS: Lee John­son

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