PROMISING Barnsley youngsters Reuben Noble-Lazarus and Alistair Taylor have signed new deals with the managerless Championship club.
Noble-Lazarus has penned a two-year deal to stay at the club until 2013, while Taylor - the club’s 2010 Academy Player of the Year - has agreed a new one-year contract.
“It’s great news for the club they’ve both agreed to sign new deals,” admitted Reds’ director Don Rowing, speaking exclusively to The Star.
“Reuben and Alistair are two very talented youngsters, we’ve got high hopes for them. We’ve building a healthy nucleus of young players at the club, these players are the future.”
Club owner Patrick Cryne issued a statement this month which outlined his plans to take the club forward, with the development of youth key on his priority list.
Gifted youngsters Jordan Clark and Danny Rose both signed professional contracts last season, with a number of academy youngsters having come on leaps and bounds during the past 12 months.
“The future is looking very rosy with a lot of young players coming through,” added Rowing.
“It’s pleasing to see because it’s in line with our aims of working closely with the academy to make them stronger and develop first time talent. These young players are getting better all the time.”
And Rowing also confirmed that experienced striker Andy Gray will definitely be staying with the club next season with the club honouring an additional 12-month extension to his original two-year-deal.
“Andy will be with us next season, that’s assured,” said Rowing. “He had a two-year-deal and if he made 25 appearances this season we said we’d give him a new deal.
“We’ve honoured that deal because he did well for well for us this season and scored some important goals.
“He’ll be signing his extension when he comes back to the club for pre-season training.”
The Reds’ search for a new manager is ongoing with the club still discussing terms with Rochdale boss Keith Hill.
Hill’s proposed wages and compensation package with Rochdale have yet to be agreed, although the Reds are hopeful they will get their man.