Championship outfit Barnsley have confirmed on their official website the signing of Southampton defender Jason McCarthy on a three-year deal.
The 21-year-old moves to Oakwell on a permanent basis following a 15-year association with the Saints, in which time he came up through the youth ranks and then made his senior debut in their Premier League clash against Crystal Palace back in 2014.
However, that was the defender’s only appearance for the South Coast outfit despite being a prominent member of their Under-23 side, while he also enjoyed Football League experience at Wycombe Wanderers in the 2015/16 season, and then with Walsall last term.
In fact, he played all of the Saddlers’ 46 League One matches last time out to help the side to 14th place in the third tier, yet will make the step up next time round with Paul Heckingbottom’s Tykes, with the manager particular thrilled to get a deal done for the Englishman.
He told the official website: ‘I am really, really pleased to get Jason to join us.
‘We have been monitoring him for a while and as soon as we became aware that there was a chance, we jumped at it.’
This news is sure to please Barnsley fans who saw their side produce a solid Championship campaign last term, finishing 14th in the table and seven points clear of the bottom three.
However, their tally of 67 goals conceded will likely be of concern to manager Heckingbottom, given that only three sides conceded more than them last season of which two went down, so bringing in a talented defender like McCarthy can only help in solidifying the Tykes backline.
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