UK time is: 07:54:53
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Steele Too Old?

Barnsley didn`t offer goal keeper Luke Steele a longer contract due to the keepers age.

Barnsley Manager David Flitcroft said "if Luke was 22 then we`d offer him a two year or three year deal but age is a critical thing and we don`t know what our budget will be after this season so we have to plan carefully"

This seems very strange to me as Steele is only 28, which is relatively young for a goal keeper. What makes this seem worse is that they have just signed an outfield player in Tom Kennedy to a 2 year deal who is also 28.

Luke Steele was offered reduced terms in his contract which for a club the size of Barnsley can be expected but to not offer a keeper of Steele`s calibre a longer length contract seems a very bad decision to me. I can`t count the number of times his saves have secured us a point or a win when we have been under pressure. A replacement as good a Steele wouldn`t be cheap. It sounds to me from Flitcroft`s comments that as a high earner,the club doesn`t want to take the risk of having his wages on the books in case next season doesn`t go to plan, I thought Barnsley were meant to be showing some ambition for the upcoming season

Reds fans what`s your reaction to Luke Steele`s contract situation?




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: chiefred Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 11 2013

Time: 5:03PM

Your Comments

I think David just wants a new keeper to develop. He must feel that Luke is too old to craft into a young star and wants Ben to get some 1st team action while competing with the upcoming young European goalkeeper that we're meant to be signing. Does seem bad that Luke gets less money and a 1 year contract, where as Tom Kennedy, the same age, gets a 2 year contract.
LosLegado
28 years old is relatively 'young' for a goalkeeper, as they don'y usually reach their peak until their early - mid thirties, but there must be some underlying reason behind it all, it doesn't appear to make sense to me, but I'll trust DF's judgement...he knows best (I hope).
Engleberthumbertyke
i pray he has a gooden lined up, for our sakes !!!!
torrox tyke
@Cheifred Hugo Colace's agent has contacted Barnsley about signing him (Free Agent) after a lot of fans on Twitter asked him to come back to Oakwell. What you think? Worth an article on here?
LosLegado
cheers for that loslegado. Yes would be worth an article for sure. I am on holiday at the moment however with limited access to things. What do you guys reckon about Colace? Is he the type of player we need adding to the midfield?
chiefred
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Barnsley Articles

Stats: Barnsley v Colchester (Monday November 17 2014)

Stats: Sheff Utd v Barnsley (Monday November 3 2014)

Sheff Utd v Barnsley Oct 1998 (Saturday November 1 2014)

Barnsley v Sheff Utd March 1997 (Saturday November 1 2014)

Sheff Utd v Barnsley December 1996 (Saturday November 1 2014)

Barnsley v Sheff Utd Past Results (Saturday November 1 2014)

Head-to-head v Sheff Utd (Saturday November 1 2014)

Barnsley v Sheff Utd April 1999 (Saturday November 1 2014)

Barnsley v Sheff Utd November 1999 (Saturday November 1 2014)

Sheff Utd v Barnsley March 2000 (Saturday November 1 2014)

Archived Barnsley Articles

List All Vital Barnsley Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Fleetwood 18 7 4 7 2 25
11. Chesterfield 18 6 6 6 0 24
12. Bradford 18 6 5 7 -1 23
13. Barnsley 17 6 4 7 -1 22
14. Walsall 18 5 7 6 -1 22
15. Port Vale 18 6 4 8 -2 22
16. Doncaster 16 6 3 7 -6 21

Breaking League News

Wasted Chances Cost says Cotterill
Bristol City : 23/11/2014 22:59:00
Grayson Praises His Players After Important Win.
Bristol City : 23/11/2014 22:46:00
Swindon's Smith Set To Return Against Fleetwood
Swindon : 23/11/2014 20:16:00
Vital Posh MOTM v Swindon Town Poll
Peterborough : 23/11/2014 13:45:00
Rate The Ref - Posh v Swindon - Phil Gibbs
Peterborough : 23/11/2014 13:11:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where Will Barnsley Finish?
Suggested By:  
Top 6%
Top 2 2%
Play Offs 15%
Top Half 26%
Bottom Half 33%
Relegation 12%
Bottom 6%