Barnsley figure Dane Murphy has talked up the significance of Alex Mowatt’s recent contract extension.
An announcement came earlier today that Barnsley had exercised their right to tie Mowatt, 25, down to a 12-month extension on his deal at Oakwell, with the captain now committed to the Tykes until the summer of 2021.
Discussing the deal with the club’s official media, Murphy revealed: “Alex Mowatt is a key member of Gerhard’s (Struber) squad.
“The club have been clear in its intent to keep Alex at Oakwell longer than his current deal permits.
“Retaining his services for at least another season is significant.”
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It is unclear what division Barnsley will be playing in next season, however, with the Tykes struggling in the Championship and currently sitting in the relegation zone.
A ball hasn’t been kicked in the Championship since the opening weekend of March, with Gerhard Struber’s squad awaiting the green-light to resume and battle for their place in the second-tier for 2020/21.
In terms of Mowatt, he’s likely going to be very important to that. So far this season, the midfielder has made 35 appearances this season, scoring three goals and registering a further seven assists.
Back in January, The Athletic linked Mowatt with a move across the Championship to Nottingham Forest, with the ex-Leeds United midfielder’s future with Barnsley uncertain.
Mowatt is a key part of the Barnsley squad and you do feel if the season can resume, his role will be key to the club’s survival.
Heading into next season, if Barnsley can retain their captain, he will be key again, so Murphy is right to detail this agreement as significant.
In addition to that, from a transfer point of view, if Mowatt is to leave now, Barnsley can at least recoup a fee.
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