Barnsley have joined the race to sign Exeter City’s former England Under 20 keeper Christy Pym, according to Devon Live.
Pym is out of contract this season and likely to leave St James Park having played his entire career for the Grecians. He’s been a key part of their successive play-off campaigns, going to a Wembley final two years on the bounce but just missing out on the top seven this season.
They were beaten in the play-off final in 2017 by Blackpool and 2018 by Coventry City, then missed out on the final day of this season by failing to beat Forest Green Rovers.
It’s been a successful three years for Pym, but the 24-year-old is now certain to leave the club, with both Ipswich and Barnsley looking to add him to their squads.
Barnsley could lose stopper Adam Davies this summer and Pym would be a ready-made replacement, if he could make the step up. He made 43 appearances for the Grecians this season in League Two, bringing his total to 142 across all competitions.
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“He certainly deserves the step-up.
“I’m surprised that he hasn’t left Exeter over the last couple of years, as he is arguably one of the best goalkeepers in League Two, if not the best.
“He’d be an excellent replacement for Adam Davies.”
“I think Pym would be a good signing for Barnsley – especially as they’d be getting him on a free transfer.
“He’s a great goalkeeper and has done very well for Exeter in League Two this season.
“He could have what it takes to make the step up to the Championship and he’d be a good replacement for Adam Davies as well, should he leave Oakwell.”
“Pym is a top keeper, he’s been outstanding for Exeter and there’s no doubt at all in my mind he’s ready for a move to the Championship.
“He would be a great fit at Barnsley. He’s young, but has a lot of matches under his belt as well as his England Under 20 experience.
“He’s been the best keeper in the basement division for a couple of years now and the time has come to step up and prove his worth.
“Keep an eye on him; he could be in the top flight before you know it.”