FORMER Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele has paid tribute to the club's fans after joining Greek giants Panathinaikos.

The 29-year-old, who made 227 appearances for the club, left last week, bringing an end to his six-year spell at Oakwell.

He said: "I want to thank all the fans for being so good with me from the start - even through the difficult times they stayed positive and on the club's side.

"I fell in love with the club and I really did want to break all the records and play longer than anyone else.

"Hopefully I've done enough to do them proud. The town is unbelievably friendly and they all seem to support the local team.

"Leaving was the hardest footballing decision I've ever had to make."