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31 January 2023

Club News


31 January 2023

Jon Russell joins Sky Bet League One side Barnsley on a permanent transfer subject to EFL approval

- Jon Russell signs for Barnsley for an undisclosed fee
- Midfielder had played 30 times in all competitions for Town
- Comments from Leigh Bromby and Mark Fotheringham

We can confirm that midfielder Jon Russell has signed for Sky Bet League One side Barnsley on a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee, subject to EFL approval.

Having signed for the Town B Team in July 2021 as a free agent after leaving Chelsea, the six foot four tall central midfielder impressed enough to force his way into the First Team during the 2021/22 Sky Bet Championship season, scoring twice in 22 appearances in all competitions.

Failing to build on that good form at the start of the 2022/23 season, Russell has featured just eight times in all competitions this term and hasn’t been involved in a First Team squad since 2 November 2022 in the home loss to Sunderland as an unused substitute.

After 30 total appearances and two goals in all competitions for the Club, he now moves to Sky Bet League One with Barnsley.

Head of Football Operations Leigh Bromby commented:

“Jon made a real impression at both B Team and First Team level in the 2021/22 season, taking advantage of the momentum behind him to become a regular presence in the starting side.

“However, that good start has not been capitalised on and Jon has found himself back with the B Team this season, with his performances and form falling far below the standards he had previously set himself.

“With a desire to play first team football and his chances limited with the Club due to form, a permanent transfer is the best solution for all concerned. He’s been a pleasure to have with us and we wish him all the best in the future.”

Head Coach Mark Fotheringham commented:

“Jon was given a completely fresh start when I arrived at the Club, but his form hasn’t been of the level that others in the same position have shown and naturally he’s moved away from the First Team group as a result.

“After his experience last season it’s no secret of his desire to play First Team football, and with that unavailable here, finding another club is what’s best for Jon and ourselves.

“Jon has a new opportunity with a different club, and I wish him all the best with it.”

Everyone at the Club thanks Jon for his contribution and wishes him all the best for the future.

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