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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?

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Writer: Vital Tyke Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 11 2013

Time: 5:03PM

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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.
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11/06/2013 17:38:00

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).
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11/06/2013 18:00:00

i pray he has a gooden lined up, for our sakes !!!!
torrox tyke
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12/06/2013 17:32:00

@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?
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12/06/2013 18:51:00

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?
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