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Town Confirm Thomas Signing
Tuesday, 19th Jan 2021 15:02

Town have confirmed the signing of Barnsley winger Luke Thomas on loan until the end of the season.

Thomas, who will wear the number 27 shirt, trained with his new team-mates this morning before putting pen to paper this afternoon.

The 21-year-old had been on the Blues’ radar for a number of weeks but with the Championship Tykes having given the OK for the former Derby and Cheltenham man, who has been in their matchday squad on a regular basis if not a starter, to depart yesterday.

Thomas has made eight starts and 14 sub appearances for the South Yorkshiremen this season and has been keen to play more regularly.

The Soudley-born wideman, who is left-footed but tends to operate on the right, was with West Brom as a schoolboy before moving on to Cheltenham with whom he made one senior sub appearance.

Thomas left for Derby County in 2016 and spent time on loan at Gloucester City and Coventry while a Rams player.

Although he made only two sub appearances for Derby, his form while on loan with the Sky Blues during 2018/19 persuaded Barnsley to pay £1.2 million for his services in the summer following that campaign.

In total, 5ft 6in tall Thomas has made 34 starts and 30 sub appearances for Barnsley, scoring twice.

Having turned 21 since New Year's Day 2020, Thomas doesn't count as a senior players with regards to the salary cap.

Town are also hoping to Preston’s Josh Harrop on loan today with the 25-year-old having been at the club yesterday to formalise his switch.

The League One salary cap has added to the red tape relating to the move, while the Blues have also been carefully scrutinising Harrop’s medical, the prospective new recruit having suffered cruciate ligament damage in October 2018.

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Marinersnose added 15:04 - Jan 19
Welcome hopefully you’ll lead by example in the same way as MMG and give the team and supporters a big lift.

alfie2002 added 15:07 - Jan 19
Came on for Barnsley against Swansea on Saturday, I’d imagine he’s raring to go!

AlexGreen added 15:07 - Jan 19
What’s in his pocket?

runningout added 15:08 - Jan 19

Devereuxxx added 15:11 - Jan 19
Decent signing.

Even bought his own tin of VO5 matt clay, hopefully will gel with the rest of the squad quickly.

PortmanTerrorist added 15:11 - Jan 19
Welcome, good luck and please stay fit

Esseeja added 15:13 - Jan 19
I have never seen the guy try and do things with his right foot but if he is a left-footed right-winger, does that mean if he selected as a right-winger, Edwards might finally get played where he is meant to be, on the left?

ghostofescobar added 15:14 - Jan 19
Welcome Luke. We need a lift at ITFC, would be great if you can help give us that little glimmer of hope. COYB!

positivity added 15:15 - Jan 19
hoping it's a signing to allow edwards to play on the left where he looks much more dangerous

hoping it's not to allow us to sell edwards and block the progress of dobra etc!

wonder if we'll send bennetts back?

ArnieM added 15:20 - Jan 19
Welcome Luke 👍. Hit the ground running fella please ...

Reusersgreasymop added 15:22 - Jan 19
*note to self*
Take snus pot of pocket when signing for new club

aas1010 added 15:28 - Jan 19
Welcome now do your best and get us rolling

itk92 added 15:29 - Jan 19
Snus in the pocket, class haha

arc added 15:29 - Jan 19

Edwards, Judge, Sears, Dobra, Bennetts, El Mizouni, Lankester... Thomas. How many wide-forward types do we need? I am guessing we'll see one or two depart—perhaps Bennetts and Sears.

Also: if anyone is prepared to pay tuppence for Huws, let's shift him too, for his sake as much as ours.

itk92 added 15:32 - Jan 19
Also nothing changes on the majority of players despising lambert. A few names that might surprise you too! ... the physio staff / way we work needs seriously looking at too. The amount of injuries and fact players are investing they’re own money to see other specialists should be a big enough indicator for the club. Shame we have an owner who buries his head in the sand on all
Aspects. Although probably should fall on oneils head

grow_our_own added 15:50 - Jan 19
Hopefully an improvement on Judge, but I'd prefer to see Dobra or Lankester given chances rather than a loanee.

buzbyblue added 15:54 - Jan 19
Welcome to the Club Luke!

Note to Evans, get rid of Chambers, Skuse, Ward, Huws & Judge then we won't be anywhere near the salary cap with the bonus of being rid of alot of dead wood

Pencilpete added 15:59 - Jan 19
With the wide attacking players we have at the club already surely it must have dawned on someone by now that they arn't the problem ? The problem is getting it forward from the back quicker and playing with a bit of speed and tempo and not strolling around at a snails pace passing it backwards and forwards between our defenders for half an hour at a time.

As much as i wish this guy well i can only see he'll go like the others in 'not having an impact' when in reality he's stood there starved of possession and the opportunity to 'have an impact'

Now what we need is a ball playing centre half like Matt Clarke or Adam Webster .... oh hang on !!

tractorblue added 16:03 - Jan 19
Who is advising these players to come and play for Lambert, real case of agents letting their employees down ,what on earth are they being told. Hope these signings hit the ground running ,sadly if they do Lambert will remain as our Manager ,and sorry but that is depressing ,so catch 22 for me ,but welcome to ITFC.

positivity added 16:03 - Jan 19
note to buzbyblue, unless anyone wants to pay those player's contracts, we will still have to pay them and they'll still count towards the salary cap!

johnwarksshorts added 16:04 - Jan 19
Looks like a lively, quick thinking footballer judging by the video clips. Could do a decent job for us. I would put both him and the other lad from Preston in the starting team on Saturday. Welcome Luke. COYB!

OwainG1992 added 16:22 - Jan 19
This lad on the right flank.
Gwion on the left.
Norwood up front and Harrop hopefully in number 10.
Be decent that.

unknown100 added 16:27 - Jan 19
Can’t help but think lambert can’t do any right here, he’s brought in two championship players who have actually contributed to their teams this year and should be match fit

Whether you like his formation or not (which I don’t personally) but least he is getting a proper number 9 and a winger to have the right players in the right positions

With the amount of games coming up, to have quality rotating in the team is even better

grow_our_own added 16:30 - Jan 19
Our squad is bigger than all Premier League clubs except Villa and Liverpool. I hope Thomas sets the world alight, but if as his assistsgoals record suggests, he's not significantly better than what we already have, then another loanee is adding to, not solving our problems.

MonkeyAlan added 16:47 - Jan 19
What it comes to when everyone is excited by the signing of a Barnsley reserve. How this club has fallen. Evans you muppet.

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