Tykes target summer signings
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gordon Shepherd has given Andy Ritchie the green light to spend at Barnsley.
Barnsley chairman Gordon Shepherd has given Andy Ritchie the green light to undertake a squad overhaul in preparation for The Championship, with six players on The Tykes' wish-list and departures also expected.
The Yorkshire side won the League One play-off final on penalties against Swansea and have begun their preparations for the coming season in earnest, with both chairman and manager engaged in extensive talks on Tuesday.
Following their conversation, Ritchie has now been told to go out and pursue his prime targets - with further funds expected if highly-rated keeper Scott Flinders is prised from Oakwell.
"It was a very productive and wide-ranging meeting," Shepherd told the Yorkshire Post.
"Andy has identified a number of players he is interested in and I have encouraged him to go out and get them.
"Some are out of contract while, for some, there will be small fees involved."
Whilst recruitment remains a priority, Barnsley must also resolve the futures of out-of-contract players Stephen McPhail, Chris Shuker, Daniel Nardiello, Nick Colgan, Anthony Kay, Paul Reid and Bobby Hassell.
Ritchie is reported to have set a deadline of three weeks for the Tykes stars to inform him of their decision, and McPhail and Shuker are both attracting interest from rival clubs.
Midfielder McPhail is reported to be a target for Hull City and Cardiff City, whilst Luton Town are believed to be tracking winger Shuker as all three clubs aim to spark a play-off push next season.