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Cranie joins Tykes

Barnsley have signed former England Under-21 international Martin Cranie on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old, a free agent since leaving relegated Coventry earlier in the summer, has signed a one-year deal at the south Yorkshire club, after an unsuccessful trial at Leeds United.

He made 114 appearances in three seasons for the Sky Blues after securing a move from cash-strapped Portsmouth, and Tykes manager Keith Hill has expressed his joy at Cranie's arrival at Oakwell.

Barnsley boss Keith Hill told BBC Radio Sheffield: "He's an exceptional player and he'll come in to the squad and add some real versatility. I think he's an excellent signing."

Cranie could be in line to make his debut against Wolves at Molineaux on Tuesday night, as the Tykes look to build on their opening day win over Middlesborough.

His arrival will come as a relief for Keith Hill's side, who are currently in the middle of an injury crisis. Paul Digby (thigh) Jim McNulty (hamstring), Matt Done and John Stones (both knee) are all expected to miss Tuesday's trip.

Hill said: "We're down to 13 available outfield senior pros. We can't rest or rotate players and we need to be able to do that.

"To have in excess of 10 players in the treatment room is something we need to look at."

By Tom Coleman - Follow me on Twitter @tomecoleman

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