Beckett & Barnes Leave Blades

Last updated : 01 July 2006 By @blades_mad1889

Phil Barnes
Beckett - a former Barnsley striker was poised to net a deal at Oldham Athletic following a successful seasons long loan at Boundary Park, however in a confused twist that has lasted several weeks the former Stockport man has decided to join Huddersfield.

Huddersfield manager Peter Jackson said, "Obviously I am absolutely delighted that we have finally reached an agreement on Luke. It has dragged on a lot longer than I think all of us wanted but it is done now and it is great news for Huddersfield Town.

I had other striker options and there were other clubs interested in him but Luke has been my first choice for a long time and this was the only place he wanted to come.

He scored six goals in seven games for us on loan in 2005 and had a great return last season, scoring 18 goals in 28 starts, a ratio which put him in the top five strikers in the country.

Like I say, it has been a long, drawn out process but we held our nerve and I am sure he will be worth it. He is a proven goalscorer and I am sure he will be a huge success here."

Meanwhile the Blades parted company with second choice keeper Phil Barnes who has joined League Two outfit Grimsby Town. Signed from Blackpool in summer of 2004 on a free transfer Barnes played just five games whilst as understudy to Paddy Kenny.

Blades-Mad who like to wish Luke and Phil well at their new clubs.