In a move that is set to net Cheltenham Town a reported six-figure payout, Luke Thomas has left Derby County to join Championship rivals Barnsley.
Thomas, 20, initially joined The Rams from Cheltenham in 2016 and quickly rose through the ranks of the youth setup at Pride Park.
Due to a 15% sell-on stipulation in the terms of the transfer from Whaddon Road, The Robins are set to benefit from the young forward’s transfer to the tune of six figures.
The exact fee of the transfer for Thomas between Derby and Barnsley is unknown, although it is believed to be in the region of £1.2million.
A fruitful spell on loan at Gloucester City during 2017 and some standout performances for Derby’s academy was enough to sufficiently turn heads at the club, leading to a professional first team debut in the same year against Queens Park Rangers.
Last season was spent on loan at Coventry City in League One, where Thomas again proved what a lively player he can be, making 43 appearances and scoring 4 times.
Luke’s brother, Keiran, played with him during his time at Gloucester City, before eventually moving on to Hereford FC to link up with former Tigers’ boss Marc Richards.