BARNSLEY: Keith Hill delight as young quartet stay at Oakwell

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KEITH Hill is delighted promising young guns Jordan Clark and Danny Rose have penned new deals with the club.

Midfielder Clark and striker Rose have both signed new contracts at Oakwell until 2014.

And that means Barnsley boss Hill has now secured the future of four of the Championship club’s most promising assets, with defender John Stones and midfielder Paul Digby having signed new contracts until 2015.

“It’s great news Clarky and Rosey have signed new deals, they’re two very talented young players,” said Hill..

“It’s important for both players as well that they’ve signed new deals, it’s good they’ve housed themselves in a home for the future.

“We’ve done new deals for Diggers ad Stonesey because they’ve got talent as well. These players can be the future of the club.”

Hill is desperate to retain his best players this season so he and his squad have a fighting chance of being successful in the Championship this term.

Last season the sale of leading scorer Ricardo Vaz Te led to a dramatic dip in form which threatened the club’s six-year stay in the second tier. Already this season the Reds’ have refused three bids from Crystal Palace for winger Matty Done and dismissed an enquiry from Millwall for defender Jimmy McNulty.

“The job’s hard enough without letting other clubs pick our pockets,” said Hill.

“We’re trying hard to protect our club assets.

“But it will get to January [when the transfer window re-opens] and it will happen again. Other clubs will want to buy some of our players.

“Money plays a big part but it’s had to replace your best players.”