Roberts’s affiliation for Barnsley proves crucial

Marc Robertshas joined Barnsley (Picture: Jason Chadwick).
Marc Robertshas joined Barnsley (Picture: Jason Chadwick).
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BARNSLEY chief executive Ben Mansford has revealed that new signing Marc Roberts rebuffed more lucrative offers from rival League One sides to join the Reds.

The ex-FC Halifax Town captain has signed for his home-town club on a three-year-deal after coming to the end of his contract at The Shay and is Barnsley’s first close-season signing.

Mansford said of the 24-year-old defender: “We made a bid last summer, which was turned down and we have tracked him ever since.

“In the second half of last season, by his own admission, his form dropped off a bit.

“But we have seen enough of him that, with full-time training, he has plenty to offer.

“He is a Penistone boy and feels an affiliation for the club and wants to play for us.

“He has actually turned down a bit more money to go to other League One clubs and maybe even other League Two clubs to sign for Barnsley.”

Mansford has confirmed the door remains open to Lewin Nyatanga to thrash out new terms at Barnsley, who are keen for him to remain. Nyatanga’s deal expires next month.

Mansford said: “If Lewin comes back to us in the next week or two – and we have always let him know he is wanted and we are in constant dialogue – and wants to try and thrash something out, then we will do absolutely everything we can within the financial constraints that we operate.”

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson has been named as the LMA’s FA Cup Manager of the Year following their end-of-season awards evening.

Parkinson beat off competition from Reading’s Steve Clarke, Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood and Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger.

The City boss was chosen after leading the Bantams to the quarter-finals with wins over Millwall, Chelsea and Sunderland.

Parkinson follows in the wake of then Sheffield United chief Nigel Clough who picked up the award after taking the Blades to the last four in 2013-14.

The award is the second to be given out by the LMA to Parkinson during his time as City boss.

He received the association’s Special Merit Award following the club’s unforgettable 2012-2013 campaign, which saw them reach the final of the Capital One Cup and get promoted via the play-off final at Wembley.