Barnsley: Roberts’ delight after joining the Reds

Marc Roberts
Marc Roberts

New Barnsley signing Marc Roberts is relishing the chance to play in League One next season.

The promising Conference Premier defender signed a three-year contract with the Reds yesterday.

And now the challenge of playing in two divisions higher presents it’s for the ambitious 24-year-old, the Reds’ first new signing of the summer.

“The gaffer [Lee Johnson] is great and I’m looking forward to working for him,” added Roberts.

“I had a conversation with him and it tipped it [signing for the club] in Barnsley’s favour.

“I’m an old-fashioned defender. I’m strong in the air and won’t lose many headers.

“I’m not bad on the floor, but I’m looking to improve.”

Over the past two seasons Roberts has made 93 appearances for the Shaymen having becoming an integral part of their defence.

His impressive performances were also thought to have attracted interest from clubs in the Championship.

But Barnsley-born Roberts was keen to play for his hometown club and after discussions with Johnson was happy to put pen to paper on a contract which will keep him at Oakwell until the summer of 2018.

“I’m just happy to have got it sorted and I can’t wait to get going,” admitted Roberts.

“I’ve always wanted to sign for my hometown club, and now it’s finally here - I can’t wait.

“I’ve got a lot of friends who are Barnsley fans so I’ve always looked out for their results.”

Roberts was named as Halifax’s Player of the Season at their recent awards night and was expected to move with his contract having expired at the end of last season.

But Barnsley have done well to sign the player with a number of other clubs having been rumored to be interested in his signature.

Last season’s skipper Martin Cranie has left the club having not been offered a new deal, while fellow centre-back Lewin Nyatanga is understood to be weighing up a new two year deal.

Frenchman Jean Yves-M’voto also left the club in the summer, so the Reds are short for centre-backs.

However, goalkeeper Adam Davies has signed a new two-year deal to stay at the club with solidity at the back key for Johnson going forward.