ISAAC Christie-Davies earned a place on Barnsley’s first team bench with good performances in training but needs to ‘toughen up’ before he plays regularly.

The 24-year-old midfielder signed a three-year contract at the start of last season but is yet to make his debut for the Reds or in English league football.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool youngster was an unused substitute three times last season before being loaned to to Slovakian club DAC in January for whom he played his first senior games.

The Wales under 21 international has been injured for some of this season but was in the squad for the first time in 15 months on Saturday for the 4-1 loss at Millwall.

Head coach Poya Asbaghi said: “Isaac has been training with us permanently for about a month and a half. From the moment we saw him training, we saw he had skills.

“The more he trains, with other players absent, he gets closer to the squad. He is still on the edges of the squad but, in the longer run, he could have a bright future because of his mentality and his technique and decision-making. Those are the difficult parts. He just needs to toughen up for this level.

“It is good that it is that way around and he can develop.”