Barnsley have announced that they have offered professional contracts to three of their academy products, Brad Binns, Will Lancaster, and Charlie Winfield, and secured extensions with Will Calligan, Henry Kendrick, and Ali Omar.
The Tykes will be nervously awaiting news over the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign as they sit bottom of the Championship – seven points adrift of safety.
Under the framework announced by the EFL yesterday, they would be relegated if the season is curtailed.
It appears they’re making the most of the current delay, however, as the club announced a string of new contracts today.
Academy trio Binns, Lancaster, and Winfield have all agreed terms on their first professional deals at Oakwell.
Binns and Lancaster are both midfielders that proven have their quality in both the U18s and U23s this term, while the versatility of Winfield, who is capable of playing in midfielder or at full-back, has helped him establish himself as one of the club’s top performers at academy level.
Additionally, the club has revealed that Calligan, an 18-year-old left-sided player, has agreed a third-year scholar, while Kendrick, a goalkeeper that has struggled with recent injury issues, has agreed a one-year extension that includes a further 12-month option.
Omar, a tall and physical defender that joined the club in January, has also signed a six-month extension with the Tykes – keeping him at Oakwell until at least 2021.
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It appears despite the uncertainty surrounding the 2019/20 Championship season, Barnsley have been busy ensuring they secure the future of some of their up-and-coming young players.
The Tykes have put faith in youth over the past few seasons and these deals suggest that is likely to continue moving forward.
The Oakwell faithful will likely be hoping that the club can secure similar deals with first-team stars like Alex Mowatt soon.