Reds in plea to ditch window

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BARNSLEY director Don Rowing wants the transfer window to be scrapped.

The latest transfer window shut at 11pm last night with frenzied spending across the country as many clubs tried to strengthen their squads.

But the Reds had done all of their business and reduced finance this season meant manager Keith Hill wasn’t able to make any late additions to his Oakwell outfit.

“I would scrap it [the transfer window] if I could,” Rowing told The Star. “I’m not sure what purpose it serves.

“It’s crazy really because there’s so many people trying to do their business on the last day, which can make life very difficult.

“Players hang on as long as they can to get better deals and then some agents try and engineer moves for players through different sources, which is not great. There definitely needs to be more transparency if it’s going to work properly. I don’t know what was wrong with the old window when everything had to be done by the fourth Thursday in March.

“But I’m not a big fan of the transfer window to be honest, it causes too many headaches. I know there’s a lot of clubs who dread it, including ourselves.”

There were persistent rumours that Burnley were keen on signing striker Danny Haynes, but in the end no club made an official for the player at the eleventh hour.

“There’s been no truth in any of these rumours all the way,” added Rowing. “I suspect it was his agent trying to get him a better deal, but Danny’s a Barnsley player and very much part of Keith’s plans.

“I’ve got a real problem with players signing for a club and then leaving before their contract ends. Why sign a contract if you’ve got no intention of staying?

“The majority of agents are good, but there are one or two who aren’t great. They’re after making themselves some money and that can lead to them influencing a player to leave.

“Jason Shackell is a good example of someone who had a three-year contract with us and left after a year. It’s not good football. It’s a disgrace personally.”

Asked what he thinks of the transfer window, Hill said: “I’m not against it but it should probably close on August 1. The thing is you get the situation where players having been playing well for their clubs and they get nicked just before the window shuts, which isn’t right really.”