Motherwell have been dealt a blow as 2020/21 top scorer Devante Cole leaves the club, the Manchester City academy graduate joining English Championship club Barnsley.

Cole started his career at Manchester City and first joined Motherwell on loan from Wigan in 2019. He rejoined on a permanent basis in October 2020 but has attracted interest south of the border after 12 goals for Graham Alexander’s side last season.

Manchester City academy graduate Devante Cole is heading back to England.

Manchester City academy graduate Devante Cole is heading back to England. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

The forward rejected a new Motherwell deal and now the new Barnsley forward – who spent time at the club on loan from Manchester City – says it’s the right move: “I’m really happy to be back. I was here a good few years ago and I really enjoyed my time; I kind of wish I didn’t leave, so it feels good to be back.

“The fans were always great and it was a good group of boys then, and I’ve heard it’s a very good group now so, hopefully, it can be the same again and more successful. I can’t wait to go. It’s a new challenge – well, it feels new but I’ve been here before for a few months so I just can’t wait to go again.”

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