Barnsley: Reds snap up defender Marc Roberts from Halifax Town

Marc Roberts (right) in action for Halifax Town
Marc Roberts (right) in action for Halifax Town

Barnsley have signed defender Marc Roberts on a three-year deal today.

The centre-back put pen to paper on a contract which will keep him at Oakwell until the summer of 2018.

Roberts joins the Reds from Halifax Town where he became a real stalwart in the heart of the Shaymen’s defence.

“I’m happy to get it sorted and I can’t wait to get going,” said the 24-year-old.

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

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

Over the past two seasons the central-defender has made 93 appearances for Halifax Town, where he attracted interest from some Championship clubs.

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

“I had a conversation with him and it tipped it 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.”