A BARNSLEY Football Club legend has left the club after 13 years of service.

Craig Sedgwick progressed through the Reds academy alongside the likes of Jon Parkin and Rory Fallon before making the decision to follow his passion for physiotherapy.

After he completed his course at the University of Salford in 2007, he returned to Oakwell to volunteer as a student and once qualified, he began working full-time with the academy.

From player, to intern, to head of department, Craig has done everything for the club - and left following Saturday’s loss against Millwall.

In an open letter to Reds fans he said: “Barnsley Football Club has been a part of my life since I first visited Oakwell as a seven year old.

“From then on, I became a Red.

“For that young boy to spend the last 13 years working for his hometown club, experiencing countless magical moments shoulder to shoulder with friends, it’s almost unthinkable.

“Amongst a host of others, I’d like to thank the Cryne family for initially believing in me to fulfill the role of first team physiotherapist.

“From play-off finals, to end of season dramas, I class myself as fortunate to have been a part of MY club’s successful history.

“However, it is with great sadness that I write this, as my time at Oakwell has now come to an end… yet I am comforted knowing that Barnsley FC will always be in my heart and a part of my heritage.

“There are so many great people behind the scenes that consistently go above and beyond.

“These are ‘proper’ people that would do anything to help anyone out. If those individuals are reading this, I have enjoyed my time with you and have come to love you all.

“I am sorry I can’t name you, but you know who you are.

“From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for being a part of my journey at Barnsley, it wouldn’t have been the same without you.

“I would like to finish by saying that I wish Barnsley Football club every success in the future, and I am looking forward to attending games as a fan with my own family.

“Good luck this season.

“I will miss Oakwell immensely.”