Barnsley: MacDonald’s delight at new deal

Angus MacDonald
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Barnsley defender Angus MacDonald is delighted to have extended his stay at Oakwell.

The 24-year-old joined the Reds last summer from non-league Torquay United.

At the time Alfie Mawson was at the heart of Paul Heckingbottom’s defence, alongside Marc Roberts, but Mawson’s move to Swansea City opened up space.

Despite scoring three own goals, MacDonald has impressed during his time at the club.

And last Friday, the Reds’ centre back signed a contract extension until the summer of 2019.

“I’m very happy to have extended my stay,” revealed MacDonald.

“It’s been a great experience so far so I’d like to carry that on.

“It’s a great club to be at and a great club for a young defender, you only have to look at the likes of John Stones and Alfie Mawson who are now in the Premier League.”

MacDonald had to get up to speed quickly as he was thrown in at the deep end.

The gulf in quality between the Championship and the National League, where the player was plying his trade with Torquay, is obvious.

However, MacDonald has risen to the challenge in fine style, contributing to 11 clean sheets this term.

And MacDonald pointed to the influence playing alongside Roberts - who also moved to Oakwell from non-league football - has had on him.

He added: “It’s definitely a tough league.

“You just have to look at the strikers you come up against week in week out.

“You look around and there’s some great experience around me.

“To my right you’ve got Robbo, and he helps drive me on as do the rest of the lads.

“It’s been great with Robbo, we’re all great friends off the pitch as well so as soon as you cross that line you take it to the pitch and help each other through.”