Barnsley set for clear-out: ‘only one out-of-contract men offered new deal’

Barnsley manager Lee Johnson. Photo: Dean Atkins
Barnsley manager Lee Johnson. Photo: Dean Atkins

Barnsley boss Lee Johnson has revealed he is working hard to restructure his side for next season.

The Reds have eight players out of contract at the end of the season – and The Star understands that only one of those players has been offered new terms.

Club captain Martin Cranie and fellow centre-backs Lewin Nyantanga and Jean Yves-M’voto are all out of contract at the end of the season, as are strikers Kane Hemmings and Leroy Lita.

Youngsters Rhys Oates, Nana Boakye-Yiadom and George Maris complete the list of players who could be leaving Oakwell.

Defenders Cranie and Nyatanga have been key players for the Reds, arguably two of the club’s best performers.

But that central defensive partnership could be broken up in readiness for next season, with Johnson understood to be scowering the market for new signings.

“We’re working our way through everything at the moment,” said Johnson.

“There’s going to be a lot of changes for next season. There needs to be change.

“Whatever season it is, there needs to be change. We need to swing the tide.

“We want to sign players we can mould, but of course that’s a difficult balancing act. It’s about getting that jigsaw right. We’ve got a good group of players, but we want to add to that and build around that.

“There’s a certain DNA of player we’re looking for and, at the moment, we’re hustling behind the scenes to sign those sorts of players.”

The Reds return to action on Saturday away to Bradford in their penultimate match.