Stall Signs For Barnsley

Last updated : 20 January 2004 By Rob Davies
The deal was quick in the making, no Louis Saha trouble here, as Barnsley approached Notts yesterday and finalised personal terms with the striker earlier this evening.

New Notts boss Gary Mills is keen to get rid of some high earners to allow him room to wheel and deal in the transfer market, and unfortunately Stall was always going to be one of those attracting most interest.

Stallard, one of the most popular players at Notts in the last decade, had a goal-scoring record of almost one in three for The Magpies, scoring 125 goals (the last of which came at Stamford Bridge) in 385 matches.

The prolific hitman had his most prolific season last year, scoring 25 goals which ensured Notts' survival, but has only managed 6 this year, the last of which came back in October.

Notts fans won't have to wait too long to see the legend that is Stall again though, his new Barnsley team-mates travel to Meadow Lane on the 31st January.

Stallard told Barnsley's Official Website: “To be fair the move has come about pretty quickly and I only really found out from Notts yesterday that they did not want me on their wage bill and were looking at other options. They have a new manager in so I was very interested in coming to Oakwell as soon as I knew Barnsley were after me. I came up, spoke to the people here today and their ambition matches mine.

“I have had five good years at Notts and hopefully I will do a job here at Barnsley and help us get promoted. It is always going to be disappointing to leave there after five years because I made some good friends but the prospect of playing at Oakwell is exciting. It is a challenge and I have come here to score goals. I want to push us into the Play Offs and maybe onto automatic promotion.

“I could have walked from Notts for nothing whenever I wanted because of the situation there with administration but I do not believe in doing things like that. I was enjoying my time there and there is always a right and wrong time to do things. Now is the right time."

Best wishes from all at NCM, Mark.