Tykes trial young Blade

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Barnsley boss Andy Ritchie has handed a trial to Sheffield United winger Kyle Nix.

The former Aston Villa player, who joined The Blades back in the summer, is at the League One club as he looks to find regular first-team football.

Nix has made just two appearances for the Championship high-flyers this season and the youngster will hope his trial can bring about a loan switch to Oakwell.

"We have had Kyle in with us from Sheffield United this week and he has looked excellent in training," Ritchie told the club's official website.

"Neil Warnock has been good enough to let us have a look at him and he has not looked out of place.

"We will have to wait and see whether he would be able to go straight into the team and it could lead to a loan or maybe something else.

"We are keeping an open mind on things and he will train with us again next week before we make a decision."

Nix's arrival comes as the League One club have extended the contract of midfielder Richard Kell.

The 26-year-old, who is currently on loan at Nationwide Conference side Scarborough, has penned a deal until May 2006 with The Tykes.

Meanwhile, Barnsley youngster Simon Heslop has been recalled from his work experience loan at Kidderminster Harriers in order to be available for Saturday's match with Bristol City.