Robins declares interest in ex-skipper Former Reds captain Brian Howard could be in line for a stunning return to Oakwell after chief Mark Robins declared his interest in the Reading man. He started out at Southampton, where he never made the grade and was released where he eventually joined Swindon. He made 70 appearances for the Robins and scored nine goals. A free transfer saw him arrive at Oakwell in 2005, and he spearheaded the Reds to League One playoff glory. He blossomed in the Championship and upon his departure in January 2009, Howard had amassed 121 appearances for the Reds, bagging an impressive 27 goals from midfield. His finest hour though, was the 93rd minute strike at Anfield to hand the Reds a 2-1 win over Liverpool in the famous 2007/2008 FA Cup run. Howard left the Reds in 2009 after a saga with Sheffield United, which saw him join the Blades for about £700,000 after an initial loan spell with the Bramall Lane club. It didn't work out for Howard however, and after making just 30 appearances for the Blades, he was on his way back down south to Reading where he has clocked up over 50 appearances for the Royals. Current Barnsley boss Mark Robins has now fuelled speculation that Howard could be set for a sensational return to Oakwell. He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "Brian is a good player it's as simple as that, he was a fans' favourite," "Whether they would allow him out to play for another team in the same league, time will tell."