The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BARNS­LEY boss Lee John­son has backed full-back James Bree to step up to the plate fol­low­ing Reece Wabara’s switch to Wi­gan.

Wabara, 24, jumped ship to the DW Sta­dium this week, leav­ing the Tykes light at right-back.

But in 18-year-old Bree they have a wor­thy re­place­ment, ac­cord­ing to the man­ager.

“I think he is def­i­nitely ready now and has a re­ally good chance to show that. It is a big chance for him to light his name up,” said John­son.

Mean­while, John­son has se­cured the sig­na­ture of Pre­ston North End mid­fielder Josh Brown­hill, 20, on loan, ini­tially for a month.

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