The worst kept secret in Barnsley came to pass this week when Adam Hammill was transferred to Wolves. The rumours of his impending move over the last few weeks had certainly unsettled manager Mark Robins and it was clear he wanted the whole thing resolved so that the team can move forward.
Hammill has impressed this season and not only will his goals be missed but his driving runs from midfield that have typified many of his performances this year. Reds fans must hope that the January transfer window brings a replacement and a more settled vibe to the club and team.
However, Mark Robins sounded cautious in his reaction to the Hammill transfer and offered a blunt realism of the clubs attempts to get in players ahead of the Swansea game:
"He's [Hammill] moved on and so have we and we are totally focused on what we need to do here. It has been a busy week and it is vitally important that we bring people in but this window is horrendous for doing that. We are trying to do something with Danny Haynes from Bristol City.
"He is young and a little raw at times but he is also lightening quick and proven at this level. That's the type of player we are looking at bringing in but it is proving to be very, very difficult.
"We are also looking at bringing in a couple of loan players but that has been held up because clubs do not want to let them out. The club is hopeful of having Danny in but there is still one of two bridges to cross. We are limited at the moment but we are working around the clock to sort that.
"There are one of two available but a lot of them are out of our price range although we will keep trying to do some things.
"We have to be realistic but we are trying to bring in pace and goals. We have to get real and we are not going to be looking at the Michael Chopra's of this world because we simply cannot do that type of business.
Hopefully things will start to hot up in the next week. There has been no offer made for Jennings but that might change although it is difficult to talk about someone else's player.
"Matt Hill is a solid pro and has done well for us. He will get better and he has performed steadily. We are looking to do something permanently with him until the end of the season.
"Matt has agreed to that and will be coming to play for a longer deal. We will be without our two centre halves this weekend and that does give us a headache because they have been solid for us all season. We have the players in the building who can come in and do a job for one game.
"Saturday's game is a big, big one because we have lost two matches on the bounce. We have not created enough in those games even though we passed the ball well. That is how you would describe the Swansea City side of last season really and we will be looking to change that and move on.
"We need to score goals and that is what we are trying to do. Hopefully I will be able to bring some people in to make a difference but it is not just about numbers.
"I cannot bring players in just to make up the numbers. IIt is always a decent game of football against Swansea and it is one we are looking forward to. It is a big challenge but one I believe we can get the right result from."
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