Barnsley moved quickly to bring in defender Bobby Thomas who Michael Duff coached in the Burnley academy.

The 21-year-old centre-back was brought in on Friday and was an unused substitute on Saturday in the 2-0 loss at Charlton Athletic.

He had spent the first half of the season at Barnsley's League One rivals Bristol Rovers, playing 26 games including last Tuesday. The former Everton and Crewe youngster, originally from Chester, got his first taste of professional football last season with 21 appearances on loan to League Two Barrow.

Duff said: “Bobby is someone I've known from Burnley, he's done well at Bristol Rovers earlier in the season.

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“We liked him in the summer, he's gone away and done well at Bristol Rovers.

“It's an area we needed to strengthen. Hopefully we can welcome him into the group.

“He lives with Josh Benson which is quite handy so they can travel in together. He's a good player.

“There was a clause in the contract. He was on the list in the summer, there was an opportunity to get him and we got him.

“I coached him at Burnley so to get that done quick and over the line because bodies in that area of the pitch are short can only be a good thing.”

Will there be more signings to follow?

“Probably. In the next couple of days, no, but we'll wait and see.

“Things happen so quickly, you never know.

“Forty-eight hours ago Bobby wasn't even on the list and then yesterday morning he isn't in training and next thing you know he's in the hotel last night. It can happen quickly.”