DANE Murphy has thanked the more than 10,000 Barnsley fans who have bought season tickets for next season, saying they are one of the key factors why the club is far more financially stable than many of their rivals.

The Oakwell club is set for one of its highest numbers of season ticket holders in a season, despite no definite comfirmation that supporters will be able to return in full when the EFL re-starts in August. Murphy told the Chronicle: “The season ticket sales are fantastic.

“Part of the reason we don’t have the troubles financially that other clubs have is due to the support of our town and supporters.

“When push comes to shove, the badge and Oakwell and this club mean more than any individual or corporation or group involved.

“Because of the support of our fans, buying tickets and kits and watching on iFollow, we are in the position we are in.”

About 4,000 fans returned for the Reds’ play-off first leg against Swansea City on May 17.

All restrictions are currently due to be lifted on June 21, allowing for full sports stadiums, but there is due to be a government update next week.

“The home play-off game was unbelievable,” said Murphy.

“It was deserved for the supporters who could come to the game but we still feel sad for those who couldn’t.

“But we saw the atmosphere a small number created so we are very much looking forward to what it will be like next season. As long as there are no new developments with variants, we think we can get everyone in at full capacity. That’s what we’re preparing for.”