Letheren set for Tykes deal
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barnsley manager Andy Ritchie will offer a contract to trialist Kyle Letheren.
Barnsley manager Andy Ritchie will offer a contract to Wales Under-21 international Kyle Letheren.
The 18-year-old goalkeeper has impressed The Tykes' coaching staff since joining the club on trial last month in a bid to win a permanent contract.
Letheren has been working alongside goalkeeping coach John Lukic during his time on trial and is being tipped to have a bright future in the game.
The former Swansea keeper is expected to put pen-to-paper on a contract on Thursday, although he is unlikely to feature regularly in the first team next season.
"We will sit down with Kyle on Thursday and hopefully everything will be done then," Ritchie (pictured) told the club's official website.
"He has done very well - we are delighted with him and he has impressed John as well during his time at the club.
"Kyle has a lot of potential and is the right age for us. We do not really have anyone at that sort of age and with his experience so he will be able to come in and do a job for us.
"I do not think he is quite ready to be number two but we will give him a year to see if he can develop as we hope."
Meanwhile, the club hope to complete the signing of another goalkeeper on Thursday to act as back-up to first choice Nick Colgan.
FC Midtjylland's Ola Tidman has been one player linked with a move to Oakwell as Ritchie searches for goalkeeping reinforcements ahead of the start of the new campaign.
The Barnsley boss added: "Hopefully there will be something more goalkeeper-wise on Thursday."