Nottingham Forest midfielder Jonathan Greening has joined up with Marcus Tudgay on an emergency loan to Barnsley until 2 January.

The 33-year-old was Steve McClaren’s second signing last summer but has only made 38 appearances since joining (10 as a substitute) with just three this season.

The former Manchester United, Middlesbrough, West Brom and Fulham player joins up with Tudgay as well as former Reds Marlon Harewood and Emile Sinclair at Oakwell.

Sean O’Driscoll said: “Jonathan is a great lad, his attitude is excellent, he trains hard and Barnsley are giving him an opportunity to play on a regular basis.

“His opportunities with us have been limited since we signed Adlene Guedioura and Henri Lansbury but every time he has come into the squad he has been first class.

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“I could have been selfish and kept hold of him just in case we encounter a problem but it’s important to be fair to people.

“Hopefully he can go out and get some games and that will stand us in good stead if he needs to come back into our team.”

Barnsley manager Keith Hill added: “I’m looking for Jonathan to be our handbrake on the enthusiasm we have, someone to control things, to instil an intelligent energy and bring everything together.

“He has an abundance of ability, a mentality that is Premier League, it’s not something that you lose. He will be able to harness and embrace the energy we have as a team on pitch.

“It’s a little bit like the wife – a handbrake.”

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