Date: 12th May 2015 at 8:27pm
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On loan Crystal Palace centre half Peter Ramage has said he expects to leave both Oakwell and Selhurst Park on a permanent basis ahead of the 2015-16 season.

With the 31 year old’s contract up at parent club Crystal Palace this summer, he’s also explained to the press that he believes his age and the wages Barnsley presume he would be asking for will count against him in terms of securing the previously talked about permanent deal with us over the summer.

Speaking to the Barnsley Chronicle the soon to be free agent explained that Barnsley wanted to start developing more players who had a resale value and a more youthful age, and with how things stand at the minute he doesn’t expect to be with us come next season.

‘It doesn’t look like I am going to stay. I think maybe my age is coming into consideration. They’re looking to bring players in that have got a little bit of a re-sale value. I’m not trying to sound arrogant or big-headed, but the wages that I might be looking for are not what they are looking to pay a 31-year-old centre half.’

Having spent two years on loan with us, making 48 appearances for us with a return of three goals – 23 of those performances coming this year, he went on to say that whilst that’s disappointing, he knows it’s football and things change so grudges won’t be held.

‘I’m not going to hold any grudges or bitterness towards anybody at Barnsley, it’s just the way football is. I’m old enough and ugly enough to realise that and I’ll just wait and see what offers come up. It still might be at Barnsley but it doesn’t look like it. When I came back there was talk it was going to be long-term but that hasn’t materialised. That’s just football, that’s life. I’ve enjoyed my time here and I have some great memories and great friendships that I’ll hold dear.’

With manager Lee Johnson not ruling out offering him a deal, he confirmed that the direction he wants to take the club in does mean that Ramage isn’t an automatic choice moving forward.

‘Peter Ramage is is a really good old-school character who I like. We would like somebody younger who is big, strong, fast and reads the game well but that is very hard to find.’

Going back to Ramage, he admits his chances probably haven’t been helped by the number of injury problems he has had this season, and last really, and daftly he knows he hasn’t helped himself by playing on when he should’ve taken some time out, but he knows he has a few years left in the game yet and in his body, but interestingly added that having worked with the under 15 and 16s this term, he definitely wouldn’t rule out a return to the club in the future in a different capacity.

He went so far as to not rule it out that he actually explained it would be something he was heavily interested in doing.

‘There might be a role here for me somewhere down the line. That would be good because I’ve enjoyed working with the under 15s and 16s this season. I still think I’ve got a lot to offer both on and off the pitch for anybody who’s looking for a centre half. I’ve got a lot of experience at this level now and at a higher level, and hopefully that experience can count for somebody.’

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