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    Mladen Sormaz positive on player retention to build squad.

    The good news keeps pouring out of Oakwell.

    In an interview with the Yorkshire Post BFC Sporting Director Mladen Sormaz has confirmed the club's policy of keeping the best players and building a squad.

    This summer has seen the departures of Kane, Cole, Cadden, Williams and Cundy ( all end of contracts) and return to parent clubs of loanees McAtee, Roberts, Grant and McCart.

    But Sormaz is determined to build the squad by retaining the likes of Connell, Phillips and Jalo confirming this with a string of positive comments in his interview--

    "We don't want to sell anyone"

    "We have no plans to sell"

    "......someone has to come in with silly money for any of our best players to leave"

    This strong retention policy and CEO Flatman's words that we are to bring in "exciting players" this summer sends out strong positive vibes for this summer's transfer window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBRed48 View Post
    The good news keeps pouring out of Oakwell.

    In an interview with the Yorkshire Post BFC Sporting Director Mladen Sormaz has confirmed the club's policy of keeping the best players and building a squad.

    This summer has seen the departures of Kane, Cole, Cadden, Williams and Cundy ( all end of contracts) and return to parent clubs of loanees McAtee, Roberts, Grant and McCart.

    But Sormaz is determined to build the squad by retaining the likes of Connell, Phillips and Jalo confirming this with a string of positive comments in his interview--

    "We don't want to sell anyone"

    "We have no plans to sell"

    "......someone has to come in with silly money for any of our best players to leave"

    This strong retention policy and CEO Flatman's words that we are to bring in "exciting players" this summer sends out strong positive vibes for this summer's transfer window.
    All very interesting and positive , the old saying of the proof of the pudding comes to mind , lets hope this is the beginning of a new dawn , we will see .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadrack the Red View Post
    All very interesting and positive , the old saying of the proof of the pudding comes to mind , lets hope this is the beginning of a new dawn , we will see .
    It is indeed Spectemur Agendo Shads.

    It's good to see Mladen setting such a positive intent regarding selling.

    The first test may well be Michael "Long Haul" Duff's interest in taking Phillips to Huddersfield.
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    Sormaz int YP

    Sormaz insists that Barnsley will be under no pressure to sell any leading players this summer following their failure to be promoted back to the Championship.
    The Reds are instigating plans for a third successive season at League One level for the first time since 2005-06.

    Their squad has been significantly depleted by the departure of several key figures who chose to leave the club at the end of their current deals.

    Jordan Williams, Devante Cole, Herbie Kane and Nicky Cadden all depart - with Barnsley not getting a penny in return, while having to replace them.

    Bringing in replacements of requisite quality wonít come easy, while some existing contracted players could also receive interest in the close season.
    They include Portuguese under-19 striker Fabio Jalo and midfielders Adam Phillips and Luca Connell.
    In January, Jalo, 18 - whose form has been monitored by leading clubs at home and abroad - signed a new contract committing his future at Oakwell until June 2027, with the club having an option to add an

    Connellís four-year deal runs until the end of 2026-27, while Phillipsí deal expires in the summer of 2026.
    Sporting director Sormaz said: ďIíll be honest, in general we donít want to sell anyone.

    "Most of the time with our best players, someone has to come in with silly money for any of our best players to leave.

    "The good thing is that we have got our best players locked down on long-term contracts, so weíve got leverage.

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    Sorry - didnít see earlier post by SB on this topic - as the post hadnít downloaded onto the site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBRed48 View Post
    It is indeed Spectemur Agendo Shads.

    It's good to see Mladen setting such a positive intent regarding selling.

    The first test may well be Michael "Long Haul" Duff's interest in taking Phillips to Huddersfield.
    We have already seen the first test.
    Kitching.
    Neerav said they werenít going to sell.
    Kitching said he was going no matter what.
    Consequently - Coventry had to stump up silly money to get him.
    I think he cost Barnsley in the region of £250k to buy - one season later was sold for £5.5 million.

    Now Conway is out of the mix - we can expect other deals like this.
    The days of giving players away that are under contract are over.
    That in itself is a massively important change at Barnsley - itís been a long long long time coming - probably as far back as under the stewardship of Big JD.

    I know itís not a popular view on here - ok, we are still missing a Maurice Watkins type that had a finger in every pie - but personally I donít think we have ever seen a better group of directors than what we have now.

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    “......someone has to come in with silly money for any of our best players to leave"

    There’s still plenty of silly money in football and just what do this board actually call silly money.
    I await with interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Young_Nudger View Post
    I don’t think we have ever seen a better group of directors than what we have now.
    Parekh, Quay and Cryne.

    They may sound like a firm of solicitors in a back street office but I look forward with positivity and relish at what these three are going to achieve.

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    I really hope that heís true to his word with keeping our players. We need Luca and Phillips here if we are to be towards the top end of the table.

    Iíve said it numerous times but this summer is going to be huge. We need to replace those departed (goalkeeper, left wing back, right wing back, centre mid and 2 attackers) with players that are ready to step in right away. None of this Ďwill be decent in a couple of yearsí. I guess with Lofthouse returning, we probably wonít be buying a right wing back but the rest all need replacing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NerfHerder View Post
    I really hope that heís true to his word with keeping our players. We need Luca and Phillips here if we are to be towards the top end of the table.

    Iíve said it numerous times but this summer is going to be huge. We need to replace those departed (goalkeeper, left wing back, right wing back, centre mid and 2 attackers) with players that are ready to step in right away. None of this Ďwill be decent in a couple of yearsí. I guess with Lofthouse returning, we probably wonít be buying a right wing back but the rest all need replacing.
    Yep - this summer is going to be a big un - and one that is likely to set the scene and foundations for seasons to come.
    The club has had a catalogue of mishaps over this last couple of years.
    But Khaledís gone now - thank goodness.
    And people have been brought in - new secretary, CEO and DoF - who hopefully can work with the shareholders and take the club forward.

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