Barnsley: Bobby Hassell honour but no new deals

Bobby Hassell
Bobby Hassell

BARNSLEY’S longest-serving player, Bobby Hassell, will be rewarded with a benefit year next season.

Hassell has played for the Reds for nine seasons and has established himself as a fans’ favourite at Oakwell.

The benefit year doesn’t necessarily mean Hassell will be getting a new contract.

Reds boss David Flitcroft has stressed to The Star that no players other than youngster Reuben Noble-Lazarus will be offered a new contract, with any potential deals likely to be done towards the end of the season depending on where the club find themselves. The Reds are fighting relegation

Flitcroft said: “The club wants to reward Bobby with a benefit year, which I think’s a great idea. It’s not often you get a player who has played nearly ten years for one club.

“Unfortunately the club won’t be offering any new contracts at the moment, but hopefully nearer the end of the season that will have changed.

“The club have decided that Reuben Noble-Lazarus will get a new contract, though, which is in keeping with it’s policy to keep our emerging young players. We want to keep John Stones and the likes of Danny Rose and Paul Digby.”