Barnsley manager Neill Collins is open to the idea of signing a free agent goalkeeper, despite the team’s recent goalkeeper injury. Even though the transfer window is currently closed, they are considering ways to strengthen this position. Collins expressed this in an interview with the Barnsley Chronicle, stating, “We are always assessing ways to improve our team. We’re open to evaluating trialists who are currently free agents, although it’s challenging as they may not have recent match experience.”
Considering this situation, here are three goalkeepers that Barnsley could consider:
1. Jed Steer
Jed Steer parted ways with Premier League club Aston Villa at the end of the previous season, as his contract with Villa Park was not extended. The 31-year-old had a decade-long association with the Midlands club, making 36 appearances in various competitions. He also had loan spells with several Football League teams, including Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town, Huddersfield Town, Charlton Athletic, and Luton Town.
2. Matt Macey
Luton released Matt Macey at the beginning of the last month, and he is currently contemplating his next move in professional football. Macey, who hails from Bath, spent the previous season on loan at Portsmouth in the third tier, playing 21 matches during his time there. He began his career at Arsenal and made two appearances for the Gunners’ first team. He also had spells with Accrington Stanley, Plymouth Argyle, and Hibernian in the past.
3. Ben Garrett
Barnsley could also consider Ben Garrett as a potential addition to their goalkeeping options. He is a graduate of the Crewe Alexandra academy and left Burton Albion during the summer. Garrett played 246 matches for Crewe Alexandra as a youth player before his move to Burton in 2019. He also represented England at the U17, U18, and U19 levels during his career.