Barnsley: Experienced defender faces uncertain summer

Peter Ramage
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Centre-back Peter Ramage would have loved to have stayed at Barnsley.

But the Crystal Palace loanee admits he has played his last game for the League One club. In all Ramage has played 48 games for the Reds and his experience at the back was key to a string of cleansheets during his Oakwell stay.

“I’m not sure that [coming back] is going to happen,” revealed Ramage. “I think maybe my age is coming into consideration on that, they’re [the club] looking to bring players in that have got a little bit of a resale value.

“Not trying to sound arrogant or big-headed here but the wages that I might be looking for isn’t something that they’re looking to pay a 31-year-old centre-half.

“If it doesn’t happen I’m not going to hold any grudges or bitterness towards anybody at Barnsley. It is just the way football is. I’m old enough and ugly enough to realise that and I’ll just wait and see what offers come up.

“My contract is up at Crystal Palace and I know I’m not going to get anything there.

“I spoke to them the other week about what they’re going to require from me. I’m not going to be going back down there and playing.

“I’m going to dust off the flip-flops and enjoy the beginning of my summer and just see what happens.

“If something comes up here it comes up here, if not I’ll look elsewhere.”

Ramage’s experience will be missed by the Reds and so will the loss of skipper Martin Cranie, who has not been offered a new contract.

Reds boss Lee Johnson is re-shaping his squad for next season with centre-back Lewin Nyatanga and youngster George Maris the only players to have been offered new contracts as the manager looks to recruit new talent.

And although Ramage knows his time is up with Barnsley, he believes the club is in safe hands with Johnson in charge.

“I’m not just saying this, but he [Lee Johnson] is one of the best coaches I’ve come across,” said Ramage. “Training is enjoyable every day. Some managers you don’t want to come in and train because it’s the same monotonous thing every day but with Lee and [assistant manager] Tommy [Wright] it’s been a breath of fresh air.”

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