‘Lucky’ Reds grateful for Mariners clash

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BARNSLEY director Don Rowing has told The Star the club are “very lucky” to have found a new pre-season fixture against Grimsby Town at such short notice.

The Reds were due to face Dutch giants at Oakwell on Saturday, July 23 but, following recommendations from South Yorkshire Police, cancelled the fixture amidst fears for public safety.

But Rowing wasted no time in working his magic to line up a home clash with the Mariners to make sure the club’s loyal supporters have some football to look forward to a week on Saturday.

“We’re very lucky to have got this game, to be honest; we were very fortunate Grimsby were let down and were free to play,” revealed Rowing.

“It’s a real shame we’re not going to be playing Feyenoord, but we had no choice but to cancel the fixture.

“Thankfully, though, we’ve arranged another game against Grimsby and I’d encourage our supporters to come and support us in that match.

“Any fans who have bought tickets for the Feyenoord match can get full refunds and they’ll be able to get tickets for all of our other pre-season matches at the club’s box office.”

The Reds’ squad return from their week-long Spanish training camp on Wednesday, before journeying to Edinburgh on Friday in readiness for their opening pre-season fixture of the season, away to Hibernian on Saturday July 16.

Rowing added: “Pre-season is an important time for the club and will be a good opportunity for our supporters to see all of our new players in action.”

Meanwhile, Reds youngster Jordan Clark has been linked with a potential loan move to Crewe Alexandra.