Barnsley: Quartet depart in Reds shake-up

Stephen Foster has been released by Barnsley. Picture: Keith Turner.
Stephen Foster has been released by Barnsley. Picture: Keith Turner.
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Barnsley have released four players, with seven offered deals to stay at the club.

The Star understands that defender Stephen Foster, one of the club’s longest-serving players, has not been offered a new contract.

And joining him out of the Oakwell exit door is experienced defender Rob Edwards, winger Matt Done and midfielder John Rooney.

The Star also understands that one other player is set to be released in the next week, while the future of another player is yet to be decided.Reds’ boss David Flitcroft spoke to a number of his players yesterday, some of those who he wants to keep for next season and others that are now actively looking for new clubs having been released.And Foster, who has played for the club for six years, is the biggest casualty from the cull. The former Burnley centre-back joined the Reds in 2007 and made nearly 250 appearances for the club in six seasons. He played a key role in the club reaching the FA Cup semi-finals in 2008.

But at 32 he is now hoping to find himself a new Championship club for next season.

“I’m disappointed to be leaving, but I’ve had some of the best times of my career at the club,” Foster told The Star.

“I’ve had a great time at the club and staying up this year has to go down as one of my best memories.

“It’s sad to be leaving but I’ve put a few feelers out, so hopefully they’ll be some other clubs interested in me.

“It would be nice to continue playing in the Championship next season, I definitely feel as though I’ve still got a lot to offer.

“There’s no hard feeling there because I’m leaving. I spoke to David and I respect his decision. He’s an honest guy, but maybe I needed a change of scenery. If you stay in one place too long you can become stagnant, but this is a new challenge in my career and one which I will embrace.”