BARNSLEY director Don Rowing has stressed the club have no intention of selling striker Danny Haynes on the eve of their first home league match of the season against Southampton tomorrow.
Haynes is rumoured to be a target for fellow Championship side Burnley, with the Clarets having been linked with the player earlier this summer. Leicester City, Portsmouth and Hull City have also been rumoured to be interested in signing the former Bristol City marksman.
But speaking exclusively to The Star, Rowing said: “There’s absolutely no truth in these rumours, we have no intention of selling Danny Haynes.
“We’ve had no official approaches from Burnley or any other club for Danny. He’s got two more years to run on his contract and is a Barnsley player. I really don’t know where these rumours come from sometimes, but that’s exactly what they are - rumours.”
Haynes joined the Reds on a three-year deal in January this year for an undisclosed and has scored six goals in 20 appearances for the club.
And so far the former England Under-19 ace has been key to manager Keith Hill’s plans having started and played the full 90 minutes in both of the Reds’ opening matches so far against Nottingham Forest and Morecambe.
This weekend’s meeting will be the first between the two sides since January 2009 when the Saints edged the Reds 1-0 at Oakwell in the Championship. The last time the Reds beat their visitors was in September 2007 with a 3-2 win at the St Mary’s Stadium, although in the last two seasons the Saints have been battling to get back into the second tier of English football. Their last home win came in March 1998 with a 4-3 triumph.
Last season a second place finish secured promotion and Hill knows his team face a tough test against Nigel Adkins’ team, so far unbeaten this season and high on confidence following an impressive 3-1 opening day win over Leeds United last Saturday and a 4-1 victory over Torquay United in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night.
“They’re [Southampton] a strong side, there’s no doubting that,” warned Hill. “They rotated eight players from Saturday for the Carling Cup, which shows they have strength in depth. But we’ll be well-prepared for the match. We had a disappointing result against Morecambe on Tuesday night, but this is a totally different game. We’ve analysed what we did wrong against Morecambe and the positives, but it’s important to build on our performance against Nottingham Forest where we gave a good account of ourselves and, on another day, we might have won that match.”
Striker Andy Gray is the only absentee for this weekend’s match, still sidelined with a hip injury.