Always good for a giggle, the speculation has already started on some of the names who could be on their way to Barnsley next season.

Perhaps some of the names being mentioned are not entirely new, the rumour on Le Fondre continues to exist, but their are new names being touted too including Charlton's current skipper, Nicky Bailey and the promising Gillingham striker, Simeon Jackson.

Interestingly, Steve Claridge wrote a piece on his own blog in the Guardian last year on Simeon Jackson, where he claimed that he "is a striker with strength, constant movement and, crucially, great character".

Adding, "there is no doubt Jackson is a goalscorer and he will probably be judged on whether or not he maintains his exceptional ratio of goals to games but this Canada Under-21 international has a little bit more in his armoury than just scoring".

Currently he has a strike rate of 35 goals in 99 appearances for The Gills, but could he make that crucial step up?

Following Saturday's result, there was plenty of debate on the kind of player Barnsley may need to equip themselves with next term. I think most fans expect changes in almost all positions, but our chat turned to the front-line.

Do we need a big lad up front, a nuisance for Championship defenders?

As if to mirror our opinion, there is whisper that the Beast could return to Barnsley. Yes, none other than Jon Parkin, whilst Andy Gray may be moved on to Huddersfield Town to make way for his arrival.

Taking Saturday's game as an example, are we looking for a player who can play the game sometimes "the wrong way", to turn the screw on the opposition in the last quarter?

A Barnsley lad to boot. 28 Years of Age. Many would be delighted with his signing.

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