Throughout the first half of the 2017/18 season, Barnsley struggled badly to string a run of positive results together.
The Tykes were sinking quickly towards the drop zone of the Championship and the January transfer window looked like Jose Morais’s last chance to rescue their campaign.
Kieffer Moore, Oli McBurnie, Connor Mahoney and Dani Pinillos were amongst the names to arrive in the winter window, but a more experienced head also joined the party.
This is FLW Rewind, where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.
A certain Matt Mills is the man in question this time.
????????️ | SIGNING | We are delighted to welcome experienced defender Matt Mills to Barnsley Football Club!
— Barnsley FC (@BarnsleyFC) January 31, 2018
Having had very little impact with Nottingham Forest in the first half of the campaign, Mills was allowed to leave the City Ground on a free transfer.
Mills is somebody who has not exactly endeared himself to all the clubs at which he has played, but the Barnsley faithful were optimistic about his presence.
Really pleased with this. Squad desperately needed some experience. Welcome Matt ????
— Phil.I.P (@PhilMCTyke) January 31, 2018
Genius signing, experience at the business end of the season when the young lads need someone to keep their heads cool in pressure situations.
— Andy Hyde (@andymhyde) January 31, 2018
We'll bring the best out of him don't worry.
— Andrew Murray (@Andrewmurray36) January 31, 2018
Sadly for them, Mills’s presence was not enough for the Yorkshire club to dodge the drop and Mills himself would ultimately prove an incredibly pointless signing.
He started his first three matches with Barnsley after his New Years Day move, losing two and drawing one, but picked up a knock soon after that ruled him out for the next nine matches.
Throughout that time the Tykes picked up just two more wins, giving them a fighting chance of survival, but not much of one.
Mills only had one more match in him, starting their 2-1 loss at Elland Road to Leeds United before his Oakwell career faded away and so did the club’s Championship status.