HASSELL SET TO JOIN BARNSLEY
HASSELL SET TO JOIN TYKES
Evening Post, BY STEVIE RODEN
10 June 2004
Mansfield's longest serving player Bobby Hassell is set to turn his back on a new contract and sign for Second Division Barnsley next week.
The 24-year-old is out of contract with the Stags at the end of this month and is set to leave Field Mill.
Hassell, who has made 181 appearances for Mansfield, has been made a new offer by the club.
But it is understood the right-back is keen to further his career and has agreed a deal in principle with Paul Hart's side.
Barnsley chairman Peter Risdale has already said the club has agreed to bring two new defenders to Oakwell. And he admitted to having watched one of them in the play-off final.
Hassell, who made his Mansfield debut in a 4-1 win against Chester back in 1997, is expected to sign for Barnsley next week when he returns from holiday.
If Hassell does leave it will be a major blow to Mansfield as the defender has been one of the most consistent performers.
And with Liam Lawrence also leaving this summer, it gives Keith Curle the headache of rebuilding the right-hand side of his team.
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