Boost for Reds as Hassell signs new deal

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Club stalwart Bobby Hassell put an end to speculation he was going to leave Barnsley by signing a new deal with the Championship club.

Hassell penned a new one-year contract with the Reds despite having attracted interest from Rangers and South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers, both of whom made inquiries about signing the versatile defender.

The Star also understands there was interest from abroad for the player.

But Hassell - who has lived in Barnsley for a large chunk of his life and who has recently celebrated the birth of his fourth child - wanted to stay with the club he joined back in 2004.

Next season will be Hassell’s 10th anniversary at Oakwell and The Star understands the experienced professional, who celebrated his 33rd birthday earlier this month, is likely to be granted a testimonial for his loyal service to the club.

“It’s great to have finally got a deal done,” Hassell told The Star.

“It’s taken time to get things sorted, but I’m glad to be staying.”

It is a view echoed by Reds boss David Flitcroft who told The Star: “It’s great Bobby has re-signed. It has been a drawn out one, but his wife has been pregnant and so we’ve respected his family issues.”

The Reds returned to pre-season training yesterday and were put through their paces on the training pitch.

They will jet off to Spain on Sunday for an intensive eight-day training camp.

“I’m really pleased with the way things are shaping up,” added Flitcroft.

He has signed Sheffield Wednesday striker Chris O’Grady and former Bayern Munich winger Ryan Jennings for the forthcoming campaign.

“The shape of the squad is good,” said the Barnsley boss.

“It’s positive and I’m not going to rush to get new players in unless I feel they’ll benefit us.

“We had a superb first day of training and all the lads came through unscathed.”