Jackson can earn long-term deal, says Johnson

Barnsley manager Lee Johnson (Picture: Tony Johnson).
Barnsley manager Lee Johnson (Picture: Tony Johnson).
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MANAGER Lee Johnson is challenging new Barnsley signing Simeon Jackson to earn an extended contract after signing a short-term deal with the Reds.

The 28-year-old former Norwich and Coventry City striker, who had been training at Oakwell since pre-season, has bolstered Johnson’s striking options and comes into the equation for tomorrow’s clash with Shrewsbury, along with new loan frontman Michael Smith.

The Reds will be without another loan striker in Conor Wilkinson, on international duty with Republic of Ireland Under-21s.

Johnson, who dismissed talk of a potential move for former Oakwell favourite Adam Hammill, who left Huddersfield Town earlier this week, said of Johnson: “Simeon has been excellent and a really good lad to have around the place and a good finisher.

“I think he is someone who has that experience of getting promotions and scoring goals at this level.

“The opportunity came when we made him an offer just before the window (deadline). He gives us another string to our bow.

“If he does well, we can move it on very quickly.

“It leaves us with four or five really good striking options.”

Johnson says that another deadline-day arrival in young striker Harry White, who joined the Reds from non-league Gloucester City, is seen as a long-term acquisition rather then someone who will step straight up to the first team.

Bradford City goalkeeper Ben Williams insists he is not fazed by the arrival of former Liverpool and Middlesbrough player Brad Jones.

The Australian recently signed a one-year deal with the club, with Williams comfortable with the situation while eager to keep hold of the No 1 jersey.

Williams said: “It’s not unsettling. I spoke to the manager at the start of the summer and he was always honest and open with me.

“He said we’d run with three goalkeepers, which we did last year and it worked really well.

“It helps everybody push each other. Healthy competition is good for everybody and for that you need quality. Brad has fantastic pedigree playing at Liverpool and Middlesbrough and internationally. It can only be good for myself.”

Left-back Alan Sheehan has rejected two loan approaches from League Two clubs and will re-assess his options when the emergency loan window opens on Wednesday.