Is Goalkeeper Steeled For Departure?

Last updated : 12 January 2013 By Rob Miles (BarnsleyBoy)

Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele has admitted his frustrations with the delay in offering him a new contract to extend his near five-year stay at the club.

The 28 year old who joined in February 2008 and made his debut in the famous FA Cup win at Liverpool sees his current deal expire at the end of the current campaign but as of yet there have been no moves to offer him a new deal with the club currently concentrating on appointing a new manager- indeed Don Rowing told BBC Radio Sheffield this week that contract talks for players such as Steele and fellow club stalwart Bobby Hassell were “not a matter of urgency” at this time.

Steele though is quoted as saying in The Sun:

"I won't lie, it's disappointing it has taken this long,"

"Numbers have not been spoken about. They have told me they want to keep me and that's about it."

As well as finding a replacement for Keith Hill it is also thought that the club would rather wait and see which division they will be competing in next season before committing to any financial packages.

Meanwhile media reports that the club have approached former defender Darren Moore about the manager’s job have been dismissed. The 38 year old who made 73 appearances for the club between 2008 and 2010 admitted he was flattered by the speculation but that he had had no contact with anybody from Barnsley.