Deadline day signing Sam Cosgrove will provide a 'different type of striker' says head coach Neill Collins.

The 26-year-old, who stands at well over six foot tall, signed a permanent deal from Birmingham City on Thursday – the final day of the summer transfer window. He scored eight goals in 33 games last season for Plymouth who won the League One title.

Collins said: "For me it was about getting a different type of striker. In this league you need the option of being able to cross and play up to a bigger body. Sam will definitely do that and I think he will help our other strikers. He is proven at this level and was desperate to come to Barnsley. He ticks a lot of boxes. We’re excited to get him involved."

The Reds have also brought centre-back Jamie McCart and left-back Owen Dodgson in on loan from Rotherham and Burnley respectively for the season.

Collins said: "McCart can play left or middle, he’s good in the air, good on the ball. He showed desire to come here which is important.

"With Dodgson, we needed competition for Cads (Nicky Cadden). He is very fit, gets up and down. He’s a young player, hopefully we can help his career and he can help us."