August 14 2008
MIDFIELDER Sam Togwell today signed for League One side Scunthorpe United on a free transfer that sees Barnsley's midfield crisis get even worse, but with Simon Davey in charge, it will come as no surprise to see one of our few natural defensive midfielders leave. Irons boss Nigel Adkins has snapped up transfer listed Sam Togwell on a free transfer in a deal that will keep the versatile midfielder come defender at Glanford Park for the next two years.Signed from Crystal Palace in the summer of 2006, Togwell proved to be a real hit at Oakwell, playing in almost all of the games during our first season in the Championship. Never the most exciting player in the side, he was always steady and helped to break things down in the middle. Something that we could really do with at the moment.After being omitted from the first team squad for most of last season and then placed on the transfer list in the summer, Togwell must have known that his days as a Barnsley player were numbered but that didn't stop him from putting the effort in. Indeed in a pre season friendly against Wigan, Togwell was one of only two or three players that looked anywhere near championship standard.But with Simon Davey preferring to play a right back in the middle of the park (whilst playing a centre back at right back) it was clear that neither Togwell, nor Andy Johnson for that matter were going to get a place in the side any time soon and with Davey saying that he isn't planning on signing any more players it looks like the Barnsley faithful will be seeing a lot more of Hassell in the middle.When at 23 you find yourself out of favour and out of the side, you really have to start looking elsewhere so it can't really have been a hard decision for Togwell to make when Scunthorpe came in for him.Speaking to their official website, he had this to say about his move: “I just want to play first-team football. Barnsley couldn't offer me that."I spoke to a few teams in the summer, but for one reason or another it didn't quite happen."It's a good move for me, the club are ambitious and they want to get back into the Championship. Hopefully we can do that this year."I wouldn't have signed if I did not think we were capable of achieving promotion."