Barnsley interested in twenty-six-year-old defender but face competition from Hull City

Barnsley are interested in twenty-six-year-old Dundee left-back Nathan Ralph according to Pete O’Rourke of football Insider.

O’Rourke has tweeted that Hull City are also amongst the clubs interested in the defender who is set to trigger a relegation release clause in his contract after Dundee suffered the drop from the Scottish Premiership on the last day of the season.

Ralph is a crowd favourite at Dens Park, recently walking away with a clean sweep of gongs at the club awards night including player’s player of the season and the fan award.

He made thirty-two appearances for the Dark Blues in 2018/19 after joining them from non-league Woking last summer.

He is considered to be one of the most consistent performers north of the border and is not short of suitors.

The Scottish Sun understands Hull City boss Nigel Adkins has already made contact with the player’s agent and Barnsley are also tracking Ralph’s progress with a view to an offer when he officially becomes a free agent on 1st June.


Our View

Ralph does not have much EFL experience, and the standard of football outside the top two or three clubs in Scotland is not high.

However, the move to Scotland seems to have done Ralph power of good with his performances earning rave reviews.

I’m still not sure he will find the jump to Championship level easy and could find himself with a lack of game time if he moves south.

Nevertheless, it is an exciting opportunity, and the player should back himself to make the jump.

For the clubs, it is one of those signings that if it works, everyone thinks your a genius but if it doesn’t not much money will have been wasted.

 

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