Barnsley: Reds plan on offering new deal to Mellis

Barnsley hope to keep a hold of Jacob Mellis.
Barnsley hope to keep a hold of Jacob Mellis.
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Barnsley chief executive Ben Mansford has admitted the club will offer a new contract to midfielder Jacob Mellis.

The 23-year-old , who featured 33 times for the Reds last season as they failed to retain their Championship status, is out of contract this summer.

But Mansford has confirmed Barnsley met with Mellis’ representatives last week as they continue to prepare for life in League One.

He said: “We will be making an offer to Jacob [Mellis]. We would like him to comeback to the football club.

“Jacob has got some fantastic ability. The decision lies with him, his family and advisors.”

Should Mellis decide to leave Oakwell, the Reds would be entitled to compensation because he is under the age of 24.

Midfielders Tomasz Cywka, Stephen Dawson and Jim O’Brien have yet to indicate whether they will pen new deals, having been offered fresh terms last week. Mansford believes the trio will explore all options before making decisions on their futures.

He has also stressed that they have received no formal offers for any of their top performers, including Luke Steele, Martin Cranie and Chris O’Grady.

Former Reds assistant manager Micky Mellon, meanwhile, has been appointed the new Shrewsbury Town boss. He has been out of work since leaving his role at Barnsley two months ago.

Mellon, who steered Fleetwood Town into the Football League in 2012, will now be tasked with leading Shrewsbury back into League One.

Shrews chairman Chairman Roland Wycherley said: “As a club we carefully considered our next step because it was a very important decision. But having gone through that process, we agreed that Micky fitted our brief perfectly.

“Micky represents all the strong values we hold so dearly. He is a very passionate person and everyone is looking forward to working with him.”