Simon Jones of The Daily Mail is reporting that former Rangers & Cowdenbeath forward Kane Hemmings is set to sign with Barnsley in England’s League One. After being discarded by Rangers last summer, Hemmings went on to a stellar season with Cowdenbeath – scoring 24 goals in Scotland’s Championship.
The 23-year old Englishman became a hot commodity for a number of clubs after his contract expired at the end of this previous season. Blackburn Rovers, Hearts, Dundee, & Kilmarnock were all said to be interested in signing Hemmings. He was even linked to a move to Orlando City after he made an appearance for the club in a friendly against AS Roma. However, he was only in Florida to train & stay in shape after the end of this past season.
Barnsley are coming off a season that saw them relegated from the Championship. Goals were hard to come by for the club as only Chris O’Grady managed to score more then 10 goals. O’Grady had 15 goals.
You would assume that the club will look to Hemmings to be their top forward in the 2014-15 season.
On Thursday, Burnsley confirmend the signing of Hemmings. Via the club’s official website, the Tykes manager Danny Wilson discussed the acquisition. “We’ve had our eye on Kane for quite a while.”
“The first time I watched him was when he played for Rangers a few seasons ago at a time when the club was have a few problems. A lot of the young players at that time split up from the club and went their own way which was what Kane also did when he went to Cowdenbeath and made a name for himself in league football.”
“I’ve always been aware of him. When he was at Tamworth he was very highly rated which is why Rangers took him. We get him now off the back of a very good season with Cowdenbeath having been voted Scottish Championship Player of the Year.”
“I don’t think he will have a problem adapting to football in our league which is why I’ve brought him to Barnsley.”
“He has got good pace and he is a very good finisher as the stats will tell you. He can play in a number of positions, but more importantly he’s down the middle and has got goals in him which is what we want to bring into the team.”
Hemmings told Barnsley’s official website, “I’m delighted to be here. On the back of a good season I think this is a very good move for me.”
“I want to hit the ground running, do well and continue what I did last season and score goals.”
“In my youth days I started at Tamworth and signed for Rangers when I was 16 and was there for five years before going to Cowdenbeath.”
“I scored a couple of hat-tricks last season so if I can replicate that again I will be happy. I like think I play well with another striker, I’m quick and can get behind defenders.”
“Last season I had a great understanding on the pitch with the other striker and between us we were able to carve out a lot of chances. I will push myself to the end of every game and give myself an opportunity to score.”
“It was great to be nominated for the Scottish Championship Player of the Year award with the other players that were in the running and I was happy just to be in the mix, but to win the award it was quite an achievement for a Cowdenbeath player.”