Versatile McNulty is the latest Hill recruit

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BARNSLEY have signed Brighton & Hove Albion defender James McNulty.

The versatile 26-year-old left-back and centre-back penned a two-year deal with the Reds yesterday following a successful medical at Oakwell.

As exclusively revealed in The Star earlier this week, former Stockport County and Macclesfield Town defender McNulty was the next player on Reds’ boss Keith Hill’s hit-list having already swooped to sign four players on permanent deals.

McNulty has signed for an undisclosed five-figure fee and becomes Hill’s sixth signing since taking over the managerial reigns, with Derby County defender Miles Addison having also joined on loan until January 1.

“Ideally I’d like six defenders, but I’ve got other options because someone like Miles Addison can play in centre-midfield and at centre-back,” Hill told The Star.

Centre-back Stephen Foster, the versatile Bobby Hassell - who played in three different defensive positions last season - and left-back Jay McEveley are the three first-team regulars remaining from last season.

Former loan player Matt Hill has left the club, as has former skipper Jason Shackell.

Hill also has youngsters Kern Miller and Luke Potter to call upon, although Potter is unavailable until later in the season because he remains sidelined after a second medial knee ligament operation.

“Luke Potter’s not in my plans for the start of the season because he’s injured unfortunately,” said Hill.

“I don’t expect him to be back in contention until September time.

“But the defenders we’ve got can play in different positions, which is what we’re going to need this season to competitive.

“We’ve got a nice blend of experience and young players who want to improve.

“I’m trying to find a nice balance throughout the side of left and right-footed players, which is what we’ve got right now.”