Johnson wields the axe as Lalkovic heads Oakwell departures

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BARNSLEY have transfer-listed Milan Lalkovic and James Bailey and freed captain Martin Cranie.

Reds head coach Lee Johnson has today announced his released and retained list, with the big surprise being the decision to tell Lalkovic and Bailey they are free to go.

Johnson had suggested that as well as announcing which players would be offered new deals, others under contract may also be told they could be free to leave.

But the dual moves still come as a bit of a surprise.

Lalkovic only came to the club in the January transfer window, with the former Walsall player brought in by former Oakwell chief Danny Wilson on an 18-month deal.

But just four-and-a-half months later, the Slovakian, 22, has been told he can leave the club after 13 starts and 17 appearances in total.

Bailey, 26, had a mixed season at Oakwell, with the Reds gazumping South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers to signing him on a two-year deal last summer.

His last game for the club was in the 3-1 loss to Colchester on Easter Monday, which ended the Reds’ hopes of making the play-offs.

Meanwhile, Cranie has been told he can leave Oakwell.

Former Coventry and Southampton defender Cranie is understood to be among the higher earners at the club, with speculation rife that he could leave the club.

Fellow defender Jean-Yves M’Voto has also been freed, along with Kane Hemmings and Leroy Lita, as expected.

Young strikers Nana-Boakye-Yiadom and Rhys Oates will also not be offered new deals when they expire next month.

Lewin Nyatanga remains in dialogue with the club, with his deal finishing at the end of June.

George Maris has been offered a new contract.