Matty James has returned to Leicester City following a three-month loan deal at Barnsley and he is unlikely to come back to Oakwell for the full season.
The 29-year-old midfielder played 15 games for the Reds after arriving on deadline day in October, having also been on loan at Oakwell in 2017. He is reportedly set to join Coventry City on loan.
James had said he would be keen to extend the deal for the full season, as had Reds CEO Dane Murphy while the Leicester Mercury reported that he looked likely to remain at Oakwell. It is unclear at this stage exactly who pulled the plug on the deal.
The Reds have several other options in central midfield, including Herbie Kane, Romal Palmer and Callum Styles, to play alongside captain Alex Mowatt.
Chief executive Dane Murphy told the club's website: “I cannot overstate the gratitude I have for all that Matty has done for the club in the first half of the season. His ability, character, and leadership have impacted the squad in a way that cannot be quantified. He will be missed at every level and I am happy that he has been able to prove he is still an elite player.
“This Club has an excellent reputation of developing young talent and now some have an opportunity to prove themselves as we continue to push up the Sky Bet Championship table.
“Once again, I’d like to place on record my sincerest thanks to Matty and wish him all the best in the future.”