BARNSLEY have been handed an intriguing home clash with Morecambe in the first round of this year’s Carling Cup.
New Reds boss Keith Hill and new signing David Perkins will both come face-to-face with their former club as the Reds host the Shrimps in the week commencing August 8.
Hill finished his playing career with the League Two side back in 2003 before taking a break and then getting into management with Rochdale, while midfielder Perkins played 176 times for the Lancashire club between 2000-2007.
“Any home tie is a good tie for us,” revealed Reds director Don Rowing. “But this one’s going to be a little bit special because it’s one of Keith’s former clubs.
“Keith knocked us out of the Carling Cup last season when he came here with Rochdale, so hopefully he can use all of his experience to make sure we progress this year.
“I’m sure Morecambe will be a good test for us, but hopefully we can get a victory and have a gun run.
“Winning in the cup can be a nice confidence-booster for the team and going further in the competition is a welcome revenue stream for us.
“We had a good run a couple of years ago and got the chance to host Manchester United, which was great for the club.”
Rowing has expressed his disappointment that club captain Jason Shackell is likely to leave after just one year of a three year deal.
Shackell is believed to have already agreed personal terms with Derby County, with a third and improved fee - this time seven figures instead of the original £700,000 offered for the player - having tempted the centre-back away from Oakwell.
“As much as we’d like to keep Jason we’re facing ever-increasing pressure from the player that he wants to leave,” admitted Rowing.
“Derby are still the only club to have made an approach for Jason, we’ve had no offers from Swansea.”