BARNSLEY have taken their option to extend James Norwood’s contract for another season while offering Luke Thomas, Joe Ackroyd and Aiden Marsh new deals and releasing ten players.

Clarke Oduor has been released along with under 21s players Jack Butterfill, Keegan Hartley, Kareem Hassan-Smith, Jordan Helliwell, Will Lancaster, Rudi Pache and Jason Sraha.

Norwood, the 32-year-old striker who scored 11 goals this season, signed a one-year deal last summer with Barnsley having an option to add a second year which they have now triggered.

Midfielder Thomas has been mainly a substitute since returning from a broken leg in February but both he and Duff have said they would like him to stay longer.

Midfielder Ackroyd and striker Marsh are both 20 and have come through the academy at hometown club Barnsley.

Monk Bretton lad Marsh came off the bench in the first four league games of the season that has just finished, and has made 11 appearances in total with one goal, but picked up an injury on loan to non-league Scunthorpe United.

Ackroyd, from Darfield, has played twice in cups for the Reds and spent the season on loan at Guiseley then Buxton.

Oduor joined from Leeds United in 2019 and has made 57 appearances.

He famously scored the injury-time goal which kept the Reds in the Championship against Brentford in July 2020 but has struggled for regular football since – being used in various positions. He played five times for Barnsley in August then was loaned out to League Two Hartlepool, scoring once in 14 matches, but the deal was cut short.

He is 24 next month.

Striker Butterfill, 19, joined last summer after leaving Leicester City and netted in the EFL Trophy against Newcastle United.

Centre-back Sraha, 20, joined two years ago from Arsenal and started the final two games of last season after relegation was confirmed then sufffered with injuries this campaign.

Helliwell, 21, also played at the end of last season then started at Ipswich Town early this season but picked up a thigh injury and has not featured for the first team since. Hartley and Lancaster played in the EFL Trophy.

The majority of the second year scholars in the double-winning under 18s have been offered new deals, with Alex Anaman and Kynan Murchison released.