Luke Steele bids emotional farewell to Barnsley fans

Luke Steele of Barnsley shouts instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Barnsley at Madejski Stadium on March 25, 2014
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Luke Steele pays tribute to Barnsley's supporters after sealing his move to Panathinaikos.

Luke Steele has paid tribute to Barnsley's supporters after agreeing to join Greek outfit Panathinaikos.

The shot-stopper admitted that leaving Oakwell was the hardest decision of his life and insisted the move was not motivated by financial gain.

"I want the fans to know how hard this decision was," he told the club's website. "It was the hardest decision in football that I've ever had to make.

"There were times when I thought I'd be here forever and I really did want to break all the records and play longer than anyone else.

"That made it more emotional for me to leave. Leaving is huge and I want to thank all of the fans for being so good with me from the start."

Steele, who joined Barnsley from West Bromwich Albion in 2008, made 227 appearances for the Tykes.

Luke Steele of Barnsley shouts instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Barnsley at Madejski Stadium on March 25, 2014
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