Bobby Hassell has today put pen-to-paper on a new contract keeping him at Oakwell until the summer of 2012.

Commenting on the magnificent contract extension, Hassell said, "I am over the moon to have signed a new deal here at Barnsley. We have been talking for the last six weeks and to sign a three-and-a-half year deal is brilliant. I did have a few offers on the table from other clubs and they were more attractive deals financially but this is where I want to play my football.

"Simon Davey has shown a lot of faith in me during the last three seasons and working with him and the opportunities he has given me, I believe, has made me a much better player. I think I have improved after spending time in midfield and my awareness of the game is a lot better now.

"I am very happy being here. I have always been happy at Barnsley Football Club and this is where I see my future. I have had nothing but success during my five years here at the Club. We were down in the bottom half of League One when I arrived and we have gone on to win promotion through a memorable Play Off Final at the Millenniums Stadium; enjoyed three years in the Championship and been to Wembley for a FA Cup Semi Final.

"It has been a great time for Barnsley Football Club over the last five years and I think we have had more success on the pitch than many clubs when you look at going to Cardiff and Wembley".

Described in the press as Barnsley's utility man, Bobby Hassell is a firm On The Ponty End. I'm delighted that he is now with us for the long haul ahead.

With the experience that players like Hassell will undoubtedly offer, his abiility alongside the coaching staff may finally offer the Reds the ideal culture to bed our academy talent alongside familiar first team players.

In an ideal situation, that's what you want. Youngsters aspiring to be like and respecting the advice of other professionals they know. Bobby Hassell, Fozzy, Disco, JCR et al, are exacltly what we need long term for the successful development of our whole playing structure.

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