NEW Barnsley boss Keith Hill is hoping current Reds skipper Jason Shackell is taking a well-earned summer break - and then ready for a chat on his return!
With speculation surrounding Shackell’s future and Derby County having bids rejected, Hill is ready to sit down and talk with the Reds’ Player of the Year when he gets back.
Centre-back Shackell had an impressive debut season as club captain and Hill is a big fan.
“Jason’s a very good player, a big player for the club, “ Hill told The Star. “It’s no wonder other teams are chasing him.
“Me and (assistant) David Flitcroft are still getting our feet under the table, but the plan is to talk to all the players over the next couple of weeks. Regarding Jason, we’ll have to chat and hopefully agree on a conclusion that is good for all parties. We’ll see what happens.”
Derby are keen to sign him and have had two initial £700,000 offers refused by the Reds.
The Rams made their first offer last month and then tried again, trying their luck again following the resignation of former boss The Reds have already been linked with several players since Hill took over and Colchester United midfielder David Perkins, formerly at Rochdale, could be Hill’s first signing. It is not believed he is interested in Leicester striker Steve Howard or promising Manchester United winger Nicky Ajose.