With the latest acquisitions of Adam Hammill, Andranik Teymourian and Michael Misfud, joining Maceo Rigters within the Reds' loan ranks - does this reflect any change in Barnsley's transfer policy or budget?

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Barnsley Owner - Patrick Cryne has recently commented on the issue of transfers.

"We are seeing the evidence of the credit crunch, where, particularly in the Championship, clubs are looking to lower their wage bill," he said.

Cryne believes that for clubs like Barnsley – who operate with smaller squads – opportunities are limited. "Clubs have to be very clear on what they are looking for," added Cryne.

"I think we had very clear objectives and we are happy with the signings we made."

In early January, in an interview with the YEP, his comments seem to contradict our resulting deadline day strategy.

Cryne revealed that the aim would be to snap up a striker on a permanent basis and not just on a loan deal.

"That's what you need, you need to find someone who is committed to your cause," said the owner.

"Not that loaned players aren't – they are committed because they are making careers for themselves – but you need to build with people on your books who are not going to leave you at the end of the year." Cryne stated.

Let me be clear on my thread here. Personally, I am delighted that we have been able to bring in much needed quality in the correct positions. IF our form responds accordingly, this will be proven to have been a shrewd policy in an unusual transfer window. My concerns lay more with the reverse view.

If our backs remain against the wall over the next 4-6 weeks and we find ourselves in that bottom five - with no clear distance between our position and the trap-door, will this group step-up-to-the-plate and deliver safety for the Reds, the town, its owners and its fans?

The rumour-mill is already grinding out further (un-qualified) hints that Barnsley are set to bring in one further player on loan. Julian Gray (at Fulham) and Andy van der Meyde (at Everton) are names that have cropped up. It's easy to understand why any such agreement would be attractive.

Anyone that can add to the cause is welcome at Oakwell. On their day, the best eleven will be starting the match on merit. Their legacy and Barnsley's dreams rest on what they all deliver over 90 minutes - week in, week out.

In a tough climate, can our "Loan Society" deliver massive dividends by 3rd May? I hope so.
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Ian Wilkinson

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