Date: 31st July 2015 at 3:04pm
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Lee Johnson, whilst also giving an update on trialists Simeon Jackson, has moved to dispel any thoughts Mason Holgate was being ‘ostracised’ from his Barnsley first-team plans in the wake of his first involvement for the club during pre-season in the four-nil defeat to Middlesbrough on Wednesday.

Holgate’s had a trial with Man United and been linked with Aston Villa and Everton. If an exit isn’t secured he’ll remain in Johnson’s plans. It’s not looking so good for ex-Norwich and Coventry man Jackson though….

A decision on a move to Old Trafford hasn’t been made yet, Paul Digby has also trained with the Premier League club, but if one isn’t made before the final pre-season friendly against Huddersfield tomorrow they could play a part again, as Holgate had for the first time for the Reds this summer in the Boro defeat.

The Reds Head Coach insists that he’s not overlooked Holgate but he would soon use players that do want to remain at Oakwell, which his decision to reject a contract offer suggests otherwise.

We know the talent he’s got would take him far but the door isn’t being shut on his to change his mind with Johnson telling the Yorkshire Post he’s still hopeful he’ll do this and all the while he’s here, if his attitude is right, he’ll be involved when under contract.

‘At the end of the day, he hasn’t gone. Like any player, we’ll use him as and when we see fit. Mason is a part of our squad and we are paying for him. We know the situation and hopefully he will change his mind and want to stay. He was never ostracised.

‘We just felt within that first-team group, you want the ones who show willingness to be here. So we will see; time will tell with what happens to Mason.’

Holgate probably isn’t too likely to change his mind is he, but you never know?

Another striker is something Johnson is certainly after but trialist Jackson isn’t likely to be the one he turns to with him admitting if other bids do come off we ‘probably won’t require Simeon because of his style.’

In light of these thoughts you wouldn’t expect the 28-year-old to wait around for an answer would you, you could say he’s had one!

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