BARNSLEY midfielder Hugo Colace is available for loan - and The Star understands he could leave Oakwell this summer.
Colace was the club’s Player of the Year last season with eight goals in 45 appearances. And the 27-year-old Argentinian has had a decent run in the side this season with 25 appearances for the Reds. But yesterday the club made the former Flamengo playmaker available for loan or even a possible swap-deal, with a permanent move away having being muted for the summer.
“We’re looking at the options which are available to us with Hugo, we’ve trying to do what’s best for the Club and for the player,” Reds boss Mark Robins said.
“It’s not working at the moment so Hugo’s been made available for loan. At the moment we’re looking at all the options that are available to us.”
Colace left the Reds on June 30 last year having failed to renew his contract and, after initial interest from Leicester City, he eventually turned down a move to Crystal Palace. On July 20 he returned to Oakwell and signed a new two-year deal with the club.
“If Hugo does go to another club, then hopefully he can recapture his best form,” Reds director Don Rowing said. “He’s got another year on his contract, but we’ve got quite a big squad and there’s healthy competition for places. We want any player we’ve got to do well, but at the same time they’ve got to be self-motivated.”
Rowing has also called for the team to be more “consistent” if they are going to stand any chance of breaking into the top six.
“We’re a middle of the table side now - and consistency is the name of the game. When we’re playing well we can beat anyone, but when we’re playing bad we’re really bad.” The Reds signed Chelsea’ Jacob Mellis and West Ham’s Frank Nouble recently and Robins believes both will have a big bearing on the club.