Barnsley: The only way is England for any British player says Reds’ Scottish new boy

Marley Watkins has now joined Norwich City
Marley Watkins has now joined Norwich City

Barnsley new boy Stevie Mallan insists the only way to progress your career as a British player is by playing in England.

The youngster was one of the hottest properties in Scottish football, before making the move to Oakwell.

At the tender age of 21, Mallan has plenty of experience with over 100 appearances to his name at St Mirren.

“If you want to progress your career, and to be honest make money, you have to go down south,” admitted Mallan. “I think anybody up in Scotland knows that everyone’s eyes are on you when you play down south.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and it feels like a stepping stone in my career.

“No matter what people say there’s not that much money up in Scotland.

“To make yourself a better player and fulfil your own potential I felt I had to move down south.”

Striker Marley Watkins says his new club Norwich City match his ambitions to play at the highest level.

Watkins confirmed he had signed a three-year deal with the Canaries, ending his time at Oakwell after he rejected a new contract.

He said: “Everything is in place for Norwich to be successful.”