Max Watters will add ‘express pace’ to Barnsley’s attack but they could be waiting a few weeks for him to get up to full match fitness.

The 23-year-old striker joined on loan from Championship Cardiff City last Thursday until the end of the season.

Watters – who has not played since early November – earned the move to Cardiff with 16 goals in 19 games for League Two Crawley then netted seven in 14 on loan to League One MK Dons on loan last season.

Head coach Michael Duff said: “His goal-scoring record is good in the bottom two leagues. He hasn’t quite made it at Cardiff which is the reason we have got him.

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“He’s still young with something to prove. He stretches the back four, constantly looks to get in behind and he has express pace.

“He has been out for a month with a hamstring injury and has had some illness, so we need to get him up to full speed.

“Max wanted to wait a couple of weeks to get himself fully fit but we said ‘get in the building, learn our environment and we can build your minutes.’”