Howard interest is on hold

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft has confirmed that his interest

in former Tykes midfielder Brian Howard is on hold.

Howard recently approached the club with regards to a possible

return following his release from Portsmouth in the middle of last


Flitcroft said at the time that he was keen on exploring the

possibilities of a deal, but is now in no rush to bring back the

club’s former skipper.

“I’ve spoken to his people and at the minute we’ve cooled off,”

said Flitcroft. “It’s possibly down to the emergence of Kelvin

Etuhu and his form and I’ve got Rory (Delap) now who can come in


“So at the minute we’re quite comfy in what we’re doing. I

definitely don’t want to unsettle the group, but you’re only one

injury away from having to find that replacement.

“It’s something I could revisit at a different point, but with

the FA Cup coming up and everything it won’t be in the next 10


Howard, a fans favourite during his three-and-a-half years at

Oakwell, joined the club from Swindon in 2005 and scored the

90th-minute winner for Barnsley at Anfield in February 2008 that

knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup.