Barnsley’s heroes of the past two years is set to dwindle further before the weekend is over as captain Marc Roberts is set to complete a switch to the Reds Championship rivals Birmingham City according to the club’s new CEO Gauthier Ganaye.
The Frenchman has told BBC Radio Sheffield that the skipper has “grown faster than the club” and is now set to move to the Second City.
The 26 year old only joined his hometown club in July 2015 from non-league Halifax Town but has excelled in his 77 appearances, helping the club win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, League One promotion and attain their highest league position for 17 years.
Roberts was made captain when Conor Hourihane departed for Aston Villa in January and will now join the Irishman in Birmingham. Reports suggest the fee for Roberts is around £3.5m and Ganaye says a substantial amount of this will be reinvested in Paul Heckingbottom’s budget.
Roberts departure means there is now only THREE players left who were in the matchday squad for the play-off final just 14 months ago and only ONE outfield player (Adam Davies, Adam Hammill, Nick Townsend)