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Wilson thanks Cryne for input

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has saluted club owner Patrick Cryne for helping to fund the arrival of five new players to Oakwell during the current transfer window.

Goalkeeper Iain Turner is the latest to join the Reds' relegation battle with Brek Shea, Liam Lawrence, Ryan McLaughlin, Nick Proschwitz and Jack Hunt all joining Wilson's squad in January.

"The work that we've done in this window has been terrific in my opinion because it's not easy when your budget doesn't have the legs to carry more players," Wilson said.

"The owner has delved in his pocket again so we have to be grateful for that. Sometimes you just get given a certain amount and get told to get on with it, but he understood that we did need certain players at key times in the window and he's come up trumps so that's great.

"I don't think anyone has got an endless pit of money that you can just keep throwing at things, but he's as passionate about the football club as all of us.

"From that point of view he wants us to succeed and he'll do his level best to try and achieve that."

Cryne, who made his millions from the sale of IT firm iSoft, took control at Barnsley in 2004 and on Thursday denied rumours he was ready to sell the club to a consortium led by former Swindon chairman Jed McCrory in a statement on the club's website.

The statement read: "From time to time the owner of Barnsley Football Club, Mr Patrick Cryne, receives unsolicited approaches to buy the club, which has recently led to speculation about a takeover.

"These are referred to his advisors to evaluate whether they have the necessary substance to develop the club going forward and that the prospective buyer's objectives can be met without compromising the ethos of the club.

"To date, offers have not met these criteria. No offers are being evaluated at present and the focus of everyone connected with the club is on improving our league position without distraction."