The Ponty End have seen the last of Brian Howard as a Barnsley player.

Today, Barnsley have agreed a deal with Sheffield United, which will allow the player to join the Blades on loan, before making his permanent switch to Bramall Lane in the January transfer window.

Whilst the full details of the deal are not yet known, the transfer fee is believed to be worth around £600,000, for a player who is in his final year of his contract at Oakwell. 

The player will be fondly remembered for his FA Cup heroics at Anfield and I'm sure that most fans will wish him well in his career.

We must assume that a new contract could never have been brokered to keep the player at the club, and therefore this has to be seen as good business on Barnsley's part. After all, this is a player who would have inevitably left on a free at the end of the season.

Brian Howard was a spectator today in the Dimensions Stand, as the Reds took on Norwich.

In one last serenade to their hero, the Ponty End summed up their feelings for him perfectly. After one rousing chorus of "there's only One Brian Howard", the player responded by applauding the Oakwell faithful. Their immediate farewell riposte was to give him both barrels with "Dee Dar, Dee Dar, Dee Dar".
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Ian Wilkinson

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