Barnsley: Old boy returns to bolster Reds

Lewin Nyatanga has joined Barnsley on a free-transfer following his release from Bristol City.
Lewin Nyatanga has joined Barnsley on a free-transfer following his release from Bristol City.
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Barnsley strengthened their defence yesterday when they signed former loan player Lewin Nyatanga on a free transfer.

The Reds swooped to bring the Wales international centre-back back to Oakwell on a two-year deal.

Nyatanga had three loans spells with the Championship club between 2007 and 2008, before a four-year spell with Bristol City. But the Robins were relegated to League One at the end of last season and Nyatanga was keen to continue playing football in the Championship.

The 24-year-old, who has started his career with Derby County and who has had loan spells with Sunderland and Peterborough United, played a pre-season friendly game for Yeovil Town last week.

However the lure of a fourth spell at Oakwell proved too hard to resist.

“I’ve spoken with the manager [David Flitcroft] and he’s so passionate about what they’re trying to do here,” said Nyatanga.

“I’ve really bought into that and I’m definitely coming here with a lot of motivation to help push this club up.

“David and I had a great chat. He really spelled out what his ethos, what he’s trying to do with the club and what type of players he expects. That was definitely something I could agree with and I could work with, so I’m excited to do that.

“It’s all about momentum. That’s a great sign that we can start this season how the lads finished last season. It’s a great sign things can improve at this club. I hope I can help keep clean sheets, help the team win games and win at set-plays as well.

“The team spirit here seems fantastic and that’s so important. The league is a tough league and everyone needs to stick together.

“You do need that fantastic team spirit to pull you through it. I’m really excited to join.”

Reflecting on his previous spells with Barnsley, Nyatanga added: “I’ve got really fond memories of my time here, I’m delighted to be back.

“It definitely made me into a better player. I think I played for 60 games for Barnsley over the time I was at the club on loan. I was only 18 and it was a fantastic experience at Championship level. It was definitely one I won’t forget.”