Barnsley: Reds’ boss delight over Scotland

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THE all-round qualities of Jason Scotland and what he showed he can bring to Barnsley, were the factors in the club securing him for a further year.

The burly striker, 34, had an important role in the second half of the season and not simply because he scored six times or because he often made an impact as substitute.

“Jason Scotland is an intelligent footballer and someone whose football knowledge is superb,” said Reds’ manager David Flitcroft.

“Here was someone who proved himself a team player. The test of someone is when they are not in the team but all he wanted to do was help and for the team to do well.

“His enthusiasm was all you could ask for and he has such knowledge.

“Jason had a great influence in those final months and was ever willing to help people and, hopefully, that will be the case next season.

“This is a quality player and not just because he has the ability to put the ball in the back of the net. There is more to him than that and I was absolutely delighted when everything was sorted out and he was staying.

“I look forward to working with him again,” added Flitcroft.

However, he will not be working with Marlon Harewood who has not been offered a deal.

Flitcroft said that Harewood would look to be the major striker and he understood that, but he would not be able to give such an undertaking.

Of course, the Chris O’Grady interest lingers and also his expressed desire that he would love to return.

“He was one of us and the fans took to him,” said Flitcroft. “He wants to feel loved and he certainly was one million per cent committed whilst he was here.”

The Reds boss says he’s seeking four or five signings.