Barnsley boss David Flitcroft has defended the club’s decision to sell full-back Scott Golbourne to League One Wolves.
Left-back Golbourne joined the Black Country Club yesterday on a three-year deal understood to be worth £500,000. And The Star understands that Golbourne’s former club Exeter City will benefit from a sell-on clause in his contract when he initially signed from the Reds on a £85,000 deal in January 2012.
“Initially Scott didn’t want to leave and to play League One football because he’s worked desperately hard to get to the Championship, but I’ve backed the club’s decision to sell him,” said Flitcroft. “Whatever’s happened, whether he’s been got at or not, Scott has decided he wants to leave the football club. He wants to go and play for Wolves - and that’s the bottom line.
“It doesn’t matter how much you want to keep a player, if his head’s not in it and his heart’s not in it, then you’re pushing water up a hill. It’s mad when your head’s been turned and people get at you, but he goes with our blessing. We wish him the best.”
Youngster Reuben Noble-Lazarus or Tom Kennedy could fill the void left by Golbourne’s departure in a team which has leaked 17 goals in six games so far this season ahead of today’s Yorkshire derby with Huddersfield Town.
“The matches haven’t gone to plan, but there’s still a plan in place,” stressed Flitcroft.
“The expectation has been massive around the club, so has the feel-good factor (from last season), so I never wanted to burst it (the bubble).
“But we’ll keep trying to commit to that plan and have made a lot of sacrifices to earn the job, but now I want to excel in the job.”
Jean-Yves M’voto returns from a one-match ban for the visit of the Terriers, but fellow centre-backs Martin Cranie and Lewin Nyatanga are both missing with knee injuries.
Midfielders Kelvin Etuhu (hamstring) and David Perkins (dead leg) are expected to return from injury.