Barnsley: Ramage to take over from Golbourne

Peter Ramage, left, celebrates with team-mate Stephen Dobbie after scoring for Crystal Palace in a 4-1 home win against Middlesbrough in February
Peter Ramage, left, celebrates with team-mate Stephen Dobbie after scoring for Crystal Palace in a 4-1 home win against Middlesbrough in February
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Barnsley’s signing of Crystal Palace defender Peter Ramage on a season-long loan is understood to be a move to plug the gap left by Scott Golbourne.

Ramage, formerly with Newcastle and QPR, can play at left-back and centre-back.

He said he was excited by his “whirlwind” move on deadline day:

“I can’t wait to get going. I’ve been coming to Barnsley since I was 12 years old as a kid with Newcastle and it’s always been a hard place to come and play.

“I’ve never had much success here in terms of results, but hopefully now I’m on the home side, that continues for the opposition.

“I’m hard working, wear my heart on my sleeve and give 100 per cent both on and off the pitch.”

Left-back Golbourne was a surprise departure to League One club Wolves at the end of last week on a three-year deal understood to be worth £500,000.

Ramage, aged 29, started his career with Newcastle and then joined QPR, before a loan spell with Palace in the 2011-12 season.

He played 14 games on loan for Birmingham City having joined them on an emergency loan deal in February last year.

He signed a new one-year contract with Palace in August last year.

The Reds were also linked with former Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp, Hull City marksman Matty Fryatt and Leeds left-back Aidan White, but none of those rumoured deals came to fruition.

But there is no future at Oakwell for keeper Ben Alnwick, who was released on Monday after the arrival of Wigan loan keeper Mike Pollitt.

Pollitt, aged 41, has started the Reds last two games and The Star understands the veteran shot-stopper could earn himself a longer deal, having impressed so far.

Reds boss David Flitcroft admitted he would be surprised if Alnwick wanted to stay at the club having not even got a look-in for a starting place when first-choice keeper Luke Steele was dropped just a few hours before the club’s Capital One Cup clash with Southampton.

Alnwick was the next in line to play, but Flitcroft did not have faith in the player to perform and opted to start with Pollitt, who had not played a first team game since January.

“At times Ben Alnwick hasn’t given him that competition that he probably needs,” admitted Flitcroft.

“I don’t think the last few years he’s had that [competition].

“I want to try and stimulate Steeley to becoming better and improving. That’s why I’ve brought Mike Pollitt in.

“I believe that whatever position you play, you need competition to stimulate you. Steeley’s got that.”

Former Oakwell winger Ricardo Vaz Te - sold to West Ham last season - has left the Hammers to join Norwich City on a season-long loan deal.