Jimmy McNulty has revealed he turned down more money and taken a wage cut to stay at Barnsley.
The defender has told The Star some of the club’s other players have also accepted to take a hit to their wallets to stay at Oakwell.
“We want to be part of it [Barnsley’s future],” revealed McNulty. “A lot of us are taking less money to stay.”
McNulty has agreed a new one-year deal, with Jason Scotland, Tom Kennedy and Kelvin Etuhu having also agreed to stay at the Championship club for longer.
Long-serving Bobby Hassell, keeper Luke Steele, winger Tomasz Cywka and defender Martin Cranie have yet to commit their futures.
“Sometimes we [footballers] get tagged as mercenaries, but I could have got more money to play elsewhere and I decided I wanted to stay at Barnsley,” stressed McNulty.
“Most of us want to re-commit. I can’t say whether everyone will stay, but it would be great if we could keep as many players as we can from last season.
”I know some of the other lads could have left and got more money, but they want to stay here and be part of something special.”
McNulty won the Players’ Player of the Year award in his first season at Oakwell with some commanding performances in central defence.
But last season the 28-year-old made just 14 appearances due to a hamstring injury. However, McNulty is glad his injury problems are behind him and his relishing the new season.
“To be honest I do feel as though I deserve a new deal, especially after my first season for the club,” added McNulty, who joined the Reds on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee in June 2011.
“I think some of my performances have warranted getting a new deal. Last season was frustrating because I injured my hamstring in training on the Friday before we were due to play Middlesbrough. Hopefully next year I can stay injury free.”