IT’S been revealed that there was nothing Barnsley could do in their attempts to hang on to former academy starlets Jordan Rhodes and Harry Maguire.
Hot-shot Rhodes went on to make his name at Huddersfield, of course, where he scored 40 goals last season and is now being linked with multi-million-pound moves to clubs in the Premier League.
Highly-rated defender Maguire is now with Sheffield United, and both players scored penalties in Saturday’s shoot-out as the Terriers edged out the Blades to win the League One play-off final 8-7 at Wembley Stadium.
Rhodes was on the Reds’ books when father Andy was a part-time goalkeeping coach at Oakwell, but when Ipswich Town came calling for Rhodes senior Jordan joined him in Suffolk.
Reds assistant academy coach Mark Burton said: “We had Jordan for three years and he had all the attributes to have a really good career in football.
“It came as a blow when Andy told us Jordan was going to leave, but there was nothing we could do.
“It was completely understandable that Jordan would want to go with his dad.
“We got some compensation and we sent him off with our best wishes.
“If it had been a year later and he had been 16 instead of 15 then maybe we could have kept him as a scholar and put him in digs, but it just didn’t work out.”
Maguire, aged 19, was seven when he was snapped up by Reds scouts, but left at the age of nine when administration struck in 2002.
Meanwhile, Reds chiefs have decided to scrap the club’s matchday ticket category system.
Instead, supporters will be asked to pay £28 for every home game next season, although that will drop to £25 if fans become members of the new Oakwell 1887 club for an annual fee of £3.
The discount also applies to Supporters’ Trust members and season-ticket-holders who want to take a friend along to Oakwell.