Peter Ramage says Barnsley are right to keep hold of key defender Lewin Nyatanga

Barnsley captain Martin Cranie presents Lewin Nyatanga with the players player of the year award.
Barnsley captain Martin Cranie presents Lewin Nyatanga with the players player of the year award.
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Peter Ramage believes Barnsley are doing the right thing by trying to keep Lewin Nyatanga.

Centre-back Nyatanga scooped the club’s cherished Players’ Player of the Season award for some impressive performances last season.

And the former Derby County and Bristol City defender is one of just two players to be offered a new deal to stay at Oakwell next season.

Ramage knows his time with the Reds has come to an end, but the experienced defender – who has played alongside Nyatanga on a number of occasions –

“Lewin has been a revelation this season after being disappointed on a personal level that he didn’t play many games last season,” said Ramage.

“He knuckled down, came back and I think he’s proved a lot of people wrong here at Barnsley.

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“There are a lot of people who were thinking he didn’t have a future here at the start of the season, but he’s worked his socks off.

“In the dressing room he’s a big player for the club. Hopefully they can retain him and he can and help the likes of Mason Holgate, James Bree, George Smith and Jack Cowgill to come through.”

Ramage has enjoyed his time with Barnsley and although he would have happily stayed longer at the club, he believes his age was probably a contributing factor in him not being offered a new deal.

“I’m not getting any younger so I’ve got to try and find something to do when I finish,” added Ramage.

“I’m only 31, I’ve had my fair share of injuries this season which has been disappointing.

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“That’s probably down to myself playing when I shouldn’t have played and probably cost myself a few more weeks being out because of me wanting to play when I’ve not been right.

“I’m going to miss that if I don’t come back – the enjoyment of the training that they put on. My age maybe just counted against me in this case.”