David Flitcroft has been working hard over the summer to put together the squad for the 2013/14 season and his latest two signings of Bobby Hassell for a 10th season at Barnsley and Martin Cranie in a new two-year deal have helped fill in a couple more pieces of the jigsaw.
Flitcroft, commenting on Bobby Hassell's signing, said, “It’s great to have Bobby on board. It took longer than it should have to get completed for a couple of reasons. The change at Chief Executive level and a situation where Bobby wanted to look after his wife and new-born child, which tells you everything about Bobby as a character.
“From a footballing perspective we have retained an experienced Championship player with pedigree and know-how. That experience will prove vital in strategic points of the season and in games.
“There's a feel-good factor around the club to the loyalty Bobby has shown. The fans love him, the club loves him and with Bobby signing the feeling seems to be mutual.”
On Tuesday Martin Cranie committed his future to Barnsley for a further two seasons. Flitcroft outlined his thoughts on an important signing for the club.
“The signing of Cranes is another piece of business I am delighted with. I spoke to him and his agent that much, I might as well have gone on holiday with the two of them.
“Cranes’ form last season was outstanding. He got better and better with each game and his level of consistency impressed me. When you see a player on that curve you have to sign them or it’s a year developing someone that's wasted and then you have to start again. We had to fight off other potential suiters that Cranes form alerted.
“The intervention of new Chief Executive, Ben Mansford, was crucial in the negotiations. It took a little longer than we expected but Ben drew it to a conclusion and we got the signing done.
“To see him join in training gives the environment a real buzz. Myself and Cranes have a great relationship and the trust we have built up stood us in good stead when he had other offers to consider.
“The retainment of key players is crucial and Cranes is key in the jigsaw.”