And Then There Were Nine
Mark Robins has recently informed Barnsley Player that Barnsley had no less than 10 senior players out of contract in the summer. With the news that David Preece has just signed a contract extension until 2011, that leaves 9. Let`s take a look at who they are.
Rob Kozluk signed a new one year deal at the end of last term, but that was when Simon Davey was in charge and Rob played most of the games under Davey. He`s apparently one of the club`s highest earners but hasn`t featured very much at all under Robins.
I don`t like to see players leave. I find it very difficult not to give them the benefit of the doubt all the time. I kept doing it with Odejayi and in all honesty I'd love it if he made a success of himself at Colchester. Not so difficult with Brian Howard. In Rob`s case it would be a shame but I think he`s on his way out of the door. If we can get Carl Dickinson back in on a permanent basis or another season long loan we`ll be fine at left back. Luke Potter would provide adequate cover for him.
Darren Moore is ageing but I think he can still do a job. He can`t get much slower but he`s doing well enough for now. While his distribution is poor, his strength and reading of the game is invaluable to us. We should extend his stay by another year.
Hugo Colace has really impressed me this term. Last season he worked hard but it didn`t show. This time round it`s become visibly evident on the field. He`s even chipping in with goals. We need to tie him down for as long as possible.
Daniel Bogdanovic has been the subject of a lot of media attention of late because of the beginning of negotiations over a new deal. The last we heard was that the club had sent a contract to his agent. That was over a week ago. I strongly believe we need to meet his requirements as far as the club`s capacity allows. He is statistically the club`s best striker for a long time, if a little lazy. But then so were Jan Aage Fjortoft and Danny Nardiello. If someone`s not going to put themselves about for 89 minutes but then pop up with a winner, can we really ask for more?
Jon Macken has been a good servant to the club. Time and time again he works his footballs off and it goes un-noticed but not at Vital Barnsley. He`s chipped in with a substantial amount of assists as well as the odd goal this season. His vision and technique in the assist for Hume at the weekend was phenomenal. I`d like the club to offer him a new one year deal and I`m sure he`d be delighted to sign it.
Jacob Butterfield should have a bright future in football. He`s still only young but has shown that he is more than capable of fitting into our midfield. He`s a hard worker and has an eye for goal. I`d say he`s in the mould of Brian Howard. Hopefully not attitude-wise but football-wise. He hould get a new deal too.
Mounir El Haimour was one of Simon Davey`s signings but hardly even played under him. He was hailed on arrival as a left footed wing wizzard. In truth he`s been a flimsy full-back at best, making just 20 appearances in a Barnsley shirt. Another player who I believe will exit Oakwell this year.
Michael Coulson has had a very tough ride at Oakwell, breaking his leg twice and losing his father at a young age. He`s currently out on loan at Grimsby Town so isn`t featuring in our first team plans. Again, it would be a shame if he left but then I`d much prefer him to get a fair crack of the whip by getting some first team football for his parent club. He`s looked lively when we`ve played him and very proficient in front of goal but hasn`t broken into our first team plans this year for a fourth year running. I`m afraid he may make an exit this year too.
Anderson De Silva has to be one of the signings of the decade. Credit to Simon Davey for bringing him to the club. On his day he can change a game. He`s even scored some absolute belters for us and the goal at Derby this season was pure class. We should strive to keep him at the club, particularly as Bristol City might be sniffing around him again.