Barnsley hand Austin new deal

Loading Market ...

Football Betting

Up To £30 Free Matched Bet

Barnsley have handed a new contract to defender Neil Austin.

The 21-year-old was out of contract at Oakwell, but he has pledged his future to his hometown club.

"We've made it absolutely clear that we want to see a nucleus of homegrown players develop in the squad here," said Barnsley chairman Peter Ridsdale.

"Neil was delighted to hear that manager Paul Hart sees a bright future for him at Oakwell and he wants to be part of our plans for the future.

"Many people have been simply focusing on the new signings we're aiming to make this summer.

"Ensuring the likes of Neil and Antony Kay stay with us, as well as the younger lads like Dale Tonge, Tom Baker and Robbie Williams, is also an important issue.

"We'll keep working away to tie up all the loose ends."