Starting with Barlaser, this sees the Academy product’s 14-year spell on Tyneside come to an end, with Bruce accepting that, at 23, he had to leave in order to play regularly at senior level.
The Gateshead-born midfielder will now get that in the form of newly-promoted Championship side Rotherham, who’ve been desperate to re-sign him after a hugely impressive loan spell with the Millers in 2019/20.
Here’s what Bruce has told NUFC.co.uk following his move to Yorkshire:
“I wish Dan the very, very best of luck,”
“He had a wonderful loan spell last year. He’s got to an age where I think he needs to play, and I hope he goes and has a wonderful career.
“He’s been with us since he was nine years old and I wish him the best of luck.”
On the plus side, The Chronicle report that we have a 50% sell-on clause inserted in the deal, meaning we’ll receive a hefty fee should he impress and seal a big-money move in years to come.
Elsewhere, Danish talent Elias Sorensen has departed in what can only be described as an ‘interesting’ loan move.
A loan move in itself makes sense, but a drop down to the second tier of Dutch football perhaps shows how much he’s struggled to kick on since that prolific season at U-23 level a few years ago.
After awful spells with Blackpool and Carlisle in recent seasons, let’s hope Sorensen has much more joy out in Holland!
He clearly needs a confidence boost and regular minutes at senior level, so it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on with a side looking to gain promotion to the Eredivisie.
Good luck to both!