The departure yesterday of popular Barnsley midfield player Brad Potts will have come as no surprise to those familiar with the Oakwell Club’s policy of grooming up-and-coming youngsters and then selling them on at a profit.
It proved successful, at least for a time, for former manager Paul Heckingbottom, but the end result was relegation back to League One, and the latest development will be of some concern to Reds’ supporters.
It is also a blow to head coach Daniel Stendel, who had expressed the hope only a few days earlier that none of the players would be sold.
However, it is understood that Preston North End splashed out more than £1 million to take 24-years-old Potts to Deepdale – the most they have ever paid for a player – and no doubt the supporters will be hoping that the money will be used to maintain the standard and strength of the first team squad.
Potts, who signed in the summer of 2017 from Blackpool, made 67 appearances for the Reds, scoring 11 goals, seven of them this season, when the power he generates in midfield, either centrally or wide on the right, has been a feature of Stendel’s gegen-pressing style.
Commenting on the transfer, chief executive Gauthier Ganaye said in a statement: “Brad has been an excellent servant of the club for 18 months and has been a gentleman from the moment he signed. For that, we wish him nothing but the very best on his move to Preston.
“We have made a significant profit on this transfer, which brings long-term sustainability to the club and allows us to reinvest short-term in the squad.