Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom has revealed his pleasure at the last minute transfer business his Championship side did, according to the Sheffield Star.

The Championship side signed Swansea City striker Oliver McBurnie and Aston Villa’s Gary Gardner on season-long loan deals prior to the transfer window closing.

The only player to be found heading the other way was Alex Mowatt who, after becoming out-of-favour at Oakwell, agreed a season-long loan switch to Oxford United in League One.

The addition of McBurnie sees the Swans striker team up with former Swansea youngster Ryan Hedges, while Gardner was added to bolster options in midfield.

Complications in the deal to sign McBurnie saw the transfer confirmed 50 minutes after the window had shut, however Heckingbottom admitted he was pleased to bring in the youngster.

“Oli is a player that we targeted early this summer and have successfully brought to the club.

It’s not been a secret [we wanted him]. He is a Yorkshire lad and has jumped at the chance to come here on loan for the season.

“He will add some height (he is 6ft 2”), is a goal threat, along with that raw element of being an unknown quantity to Championship defences.

“I am looking forward to him coming into training and getting started.”

Meanwhile Oxford boss Pep Clotet admitted he has high hopes for Mowatt.

Clotet said: “We were interested as soon as we found out there was a possibility of getting him because we feel he is a player who adds to our creative options.

“He is the right type of player for us, one who wants to work hard and be part of what we are building.

“I am sure he will do very well for this Club.”


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