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Reds’ first team coach signs new contract

Barnsley first team coach Jamie Clapham (pictured) has signed a new contract with the club.

Having joined the Reds in September 2016, Clapham played a large role as Paul Heckingbottom’s assistant throughout the successful 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship campaign, which saw Barnsley return to the second tier and finish a highly respectable 14th.

His coaching skills have already helped the development of players both in the first team and youth set-up.

He told the club’s official website:  “I’m really pleased to have signed a new deal. Ever since I arrived I have felt at home with both the excellent coaching staff and the players.

“Hecky and I have different approaches to the game which helps in different areas, but ultimately we both want the same thing, which is results on the pitch. I am really looking forward to the rest of pre-season and the games getting back underway.”

Heckingbottom commented: “I am glad we’ve been able to agree a new deal for Claps and to do it quickly. He’s been great to work with and has fitted in really well here, as well as giving his own ideas to help the team.

“We’ve spoken at length about our extensive plans and what we are looking for with the players, both on and off the pitch.”

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