Barnsley win race for non-league talent

HITC Sport understands that Barnsley are set to win the race for non-league hot-shot Bradley Ash.

League One outfit Barnsley have agreed a deal to sign in-demand Weston-super-Mare striker Bradley Ash, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

The 19-year-old has scored 14 goals for the Conference South side this season and has been tracked by over 30 Football League clubs.

Scouts from most clubs have now been deployed to find the best young talents outside the professional ranks following the success of Jamie Vardy in working his way up from non-league to the Premier League, and Ash is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the lower leagues.

Ash enjoyed a spell on trial at Birmingham City last month and is thought to have impressed during his stint at St Andrew's.

However, Barnsley have stolen a march on their rivals by deciding to sign Ash without taking him on trial after being impressed by a number of scouting reports on the forward.

The former Bristol City youngster has not signed in time to be eligible for Saturday's home clash with Millwall.

Barnsley boss Lee Johnson is in the market for striking reinforcements after allowing Simeon Jackson to leave and opting not to take up options on loan signings Conor Wilkinson and Michael Smith.

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