Last Updated: Sat, 08 Jun 2013 13:19
Barnsley boss David Flitcroft says 28-year-old Luke Steele's age is the reason why he has not been offered a longer contract with the Tykes.
A one-year deal is on the table for the long-serving goalkeeper but his manager expects the former Manchester United man to look for a deal elsewhere.
"If Luke was 22 then we'd offer him a two-year or three-year deal, but age is a critical thing and we don't know what our budget will be after this season so we have to plan carefully," he told the Barnsley Chronicle.
"You've only got to look at Manchester United and see how they do things. The best players in the world only get one-year deals when the time is right and we have to look at their example.
"I want players to be hungry and flexible and it could be that there is a bigger opportunity out there for Luke and I wouldn't want to stand in his way if that's what he wanted."
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