Reds Bag a MacDonald

Last updated : 03 August 2016 By Rob Miles (BarnsleyBoy)

Barnsley have captured Torquay United captain Angus MacDonald for an undisclosed fee.

The 20 year old started his career at Reading but never made an appearance at the Berkshire outfit, spending time out on loan at Salisbury, Basingstoke, Torquay and AFC Wimbledon before making a permanent switch to Salisbury in 2013.

The 6ft 3 defender spent one year at Salisbury and scored a spectacular overhead kick in a 2-1 win over Wrexham- one of two goals for the club- before signing permanently for Torquay in the summer of 2014 following their relegation from the Football League.

He was made captain by player-manager Kevin Nicholson for the 2015-2016 campaign but after finishing a lowly 18th place thus a takeover bid failing this summer the Gulls were desperate for a cash injection and reluctantly accepted Barnsley’s bid for a former England Under 16, Under 19 and C international.

Reds Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom told the club website:

“He’s a player I’ve been keeping a close eye on for some time now, and I am delighted to bring him to Oakwell. Our squad is young and hungry, and Angus fits that mould perfectly. He will be re-joining League football and I can see his desire to learn quickly with us. He will help the side in an area I felt we needed to reinforce and I want to get him involved with the squad as quickly as possible. It’s now down to Angus to show us that he has what it takes to make the step up and put himself in contention.”