Midfielder Josh Scowen has joined League 1 side Barnsley.Josh made his debut in 2011 and was recalled from a loan spell at non-league Eastbourne Borough by Gareth Ainsworth for his first game in charge the following year.
It proved to be a masterstroke by the Blues boss as the youngster developed into a key player in the light and dark blue quarters. His outstanding performances in midfield throughout his time at Adams Park caught the eye of several clubs at a higher level but despite offers from elsewhere, Josh understood the benefits of staying at Wycombe and agreed his current deal, which expires in the summer.
However, despite being offered a new three-year contract to remain at Wycombe, the renewed interest from clubs higher in the league is now viewed as the best option for Josh to advance his career. With that in mind, the club's directors and management staff, following discussions with Wycombe Wanderers Trust, reluctantly agreed a deal with Barnsley to allow the player to make the move.
Ainsworth said: "Nobody wanted to keep Josh at Wycombe more than I did, and we did everything we could to persuade him to stay, but it's difficult for us to compete with bigger clubs in higher divisions.
"It's been a pleasure to work with Josh and I'm proud of the giant steps he's taken in terms of his development from being a fringe player before my time here, to one of the division's top players. We wish him every success with his new club."
Chairman Andrew Howard said: "The money we have recouped for Josh helps to steady the ship and the long-term security of the club has to be our number one priority. The departure of Wasps Rugby Club from their tenancy of Adams Park hit us hard financially but this deal more than covers the losses which we incurred. We have every intention of moving up the leagues but we have to do it from a secure base.
“Josh is another fine example of a player who has learnt his trade at Wycombe Wanderers and I'm sure he will be extremely grateful to Gareth and the staff for giving him the chance to make it as a professional footballer.”