Midfielder Jacob Mellis has rejected a new deal at Barnsley and left the club with immediate effect.
The Star understands the former Chelsea player had been offered a new two-year contract at Oakwell. But Mellis, who started his career as a youth player with Sheffield United, turned down the offer with a view to finding a new club pending the start of the new season on Saturday August 9.
Mellis was a mainstay of the Reds’ midfield last season, played 33 games and contributed two goals.
And the player was given an extended period to decide on his future, with the hope that he would stay at Oakwell with the club preparing for their first season back in League One.
The Reds were keen to stress yesterday they had “withdrawn the offer of a new contract to Jacob”, but The Star understands Mellis was unhappy with the terms of a reduced salary deal and is looking to continue playing in the Championship.
In a statement the club added: “Jacob’s decision is disappointing after the opportunity that the club afforded him over the last two seasons. However, the club are only interested in having players committed to ensuring next season is as successful as possible.”