Wilson tribute ahead of Ramage swansong

Owls' Benik Afobe with Reds' Peter Ramage.
Owls' Benik Afobe with Reds' Peter Ramage.
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DANNY WILSON says that loanee Peter Ramage has been the perfect role model during his time at Oakwell – and is exactly the sort of character he wants more of at the club next term.

Ramage, fit again after a hamstring injury, plays the final game of his loan spell before returning to parent club Crystal Palace.

The defender, who will line up against one of his old clubs in Rangers today – in Barnsley’s curtain call before starting life in League One in 2014-15 – has proved a success both on and off the pitch at Oakwell.

Fellow loan players Nick Proschwitz, Marcus Pedersen, Jack Hunt and Ryan McLaughlin will play no part in today’s encounter after returning to their clubs early.

Wilson said: “Rams hasn’t played any games recently and he’s a fantastic professional. I think it’s only fitting he comes in and plays and has his last game for us.

“Whether we will see him or not again, we will have to wait and see. But he has certainly typified the type of character you need in a football club.

“In the short space of time I have worked with him, he has done himself proud in his approach and professionalism. And he is certainly a great peer and terrific colleague for his team-mates.”

On whether Ramage might return, he added: “You are always after quality players. But he is under contract and it would be remiss of me to say that I would like to have him.

“But what I would say is that with the quality player he is, he will always take a lot of interest.

“We have to maintain that we must try and bring in the highest quality players to the club.”

Wilson has confirmed that one or two young players will be on the bench today and they could be handed some invaluable experience before the final whistle.