Cotterill signs for Barnsley

Decision is a no-brainer, says Hill

David Cotterill: Barnsley boss Keith Hill is expecting a smooth transition for the winger

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Barnsley have signed ex-Sheffield United man David Cotterill on a free transfer - and the winger could make his debut at the weekend.

The Welsh international should be available against Portsmouth on Saturday, subject to international clearance.

Tykes boss Keith Hill has confirmed the deal is to go ahead and believes it was an easy decision to make.

"We're very close," said Hill. "We've been in negotiations with him for a while.

"He watched us play against Leicester, he was due to sign for them until they signed Ben Marshall.

"He comes with a good knowledge of the Championship, experience and it's a no-brainer.

"With international clearance he will be available for the weekend."

Kick-start to career

Hill also praised the attitude of the 24-year-old and envisions Cotterill being a good fit for his club.

"He wants to play football," added the Barnsley boss. "He probably could have sat the season out and gone on holiday.

"He wants to kick-start his career again, he's only 24. He's left and right-footed and can play as a number 10.

"I think it's important we recruit the players that fit our system and style. We're talking about building a team.

"He's been well educated so he knows what we expect from him. It should be a smooth transition.

"It's similar to, I suppose, (Leon) Britton at Sheffield United, he didn't really perform to any great standard - he didn't fit the style.

"From a manager's perspective it's important you don't go out recruiting players for the sake of it."