BARNSLEY defender Michael Sollbauer left club earlier this week to sign for German second-tier club Dynamo Dresden.
The 31-year-old centre-back played 61 times for the Reds following his move last January - though he has spent most of that time away from his family due to the pandemic.
Sollbauer has left the club to be closer to his wife and son - and co-chairman Paul Conway said the club ‘had to reciprocate his professionalism and allow’ the move.
He said: “The board of directors at Barnsley Football Club would like to thank Michael for his incredible service to the club for the last two seasons.
“Michael provided incredible commitment to the club and set a great example of professionalism for the entire squad.
“When Michael asked to be able to return to Europe to reunite with his family, we absolutely had to reciprocate his professionalism and allow this move.
“We will all be following Sole in his new journey and wish him and his family the best.”