In their first season back in the second tier since 2014, it appeared at one stage that Barnsley may have pushed for unlikely back to back promotions, before a period of poor form saw the Yorkshire side sink into mid table.
A more than respectable 14th placed finish however was more than satisfactory for boss Paul Heckingbottom, and the former Tykes player will look to guide his side further up the table next season.
In recent seasons Barnsley have established a reputation for developing young centre halves into Premier League starlets, and Heckingbottom should look to bring another young defender to Oakwell this summer to add quality to his side, and improve the youngsters chances at his parent clubs in the coming years.
Regan Poole linked up with Manchester United in 2015 from Newport County, but has found his chances in the first team at Old Trafford limited due to the quality of players in front of him in Jose Mourinho’s side.
Having developed John Stones and Alfie Mawson into Premier League regulars in recent seasons, Mourinho may see Barnsley as the perfect club to develop his young Welshman, and at the same time Barnsley would be acquiring a talented young star.
18-year-old Poole has admitted a loan move may be on the cards next season, and if the youngster is to continue his development and avoid stagnating in the reserves, first team football is a must, and Barnsley may be able to afford a number of opportunities to the Cardiff born youngster.