Barnsley midfielder Alex Mowatt has suggested that he would be willing to sign a new deal with the Tykes and commit his future to the club after a bright start to the campaign.
The one-year extension option on Mowatt’s deal was activated by Barnsley in the summer which will see him remain at Oakwell until at least the end of the current campaign. The former Leeds United midfielder had been linked with a potential departure away from the Tykes with Nottingham Forest having reportedly been interested in him last January
Mowatt has been one of Barnsley’s most influential performers over the last year or so, managing to register three goals and eight assists for the Tykes as they stayed up dramatically last term. While he has also been instrumental to their start to this season scoring twice and averaging 1.1 key passes per game (Sofascore).
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Speaking to Barnsley’s match day programme, via the Yorkshire Post, Mowatt revealed he would be open to signing a new contract and remain with the Tykes over the next few years, with the midfielder keen to point out how much he is enjoying life as a crucial member of their side.
He said: “I would like it to happen.
“I’m captain of the club, play week in, week out. I really enjoy my football at Barnsley. I have a good rapport with the fans and I live just twenty minutes down the road.
“So of course, I’d be happy to be here next season.
“The club is pretty unique in how it operates and I can’t knock it really because it is how I came here. They know they’re likely to lose their better players quite early, so they keep that philosophy of bringing younger players in beneath you.
“I’m open to sticking around and if we can get that sorted, then I’ll be happy to.
“You never know in this game, anything can happen.”
Mowatt wanting to commit his future is huge news for Barnsley and shows that the club are moving in the right direction after they narrowly survived the drop, somewhat fortuitously last season. The midfielder is one of the most important individuals in any side in the league with his presence in the middle of the park integral to the way they play.
The 25-year-old offers real quality on the ball having averaged a 77% passing accuracy so far this campaign and being heavily involved in the play with an average of 67.5 touches (Sofascore). That shows how big of a miss he would be were he to leave the club, and Barnsley must do all they can to get a new deal over the line.
The Tykes are likely to see lots of teams like Nottingham Forest become more interested in his situation the longer it goes before a new deal is sorted out. The Tykes often allow some of their more influential players to leave and replace them with younger options to develop, but breaking that mould to keep Mowatt would be a smart move.