Barnsley have beaten off stiff competition to secure the signing of highly-rated defender Alfie Mawson from Brentford.
The 21-year-old joins the Reds on a three-year deal, having turned down a new contract with the Bees this summer, fearful of a lack of first-team football in the Championship.
The promising centre-half scooped Wycombe Wanderers’ Player of the Season award last year after an excellent loan spell totalling 50 games, as they narrowly missed out on promotion to League One via the play-offs.
Mawson’s refusal of a new deal at Brentford alerted a number of potential suitors, with Barnsley boss Lee Johnson confirming last week that there were ‘eight or nine’ clubs speaking to the player’s representatives.
His decision to choose Oakwell over those other sides is a strong signal of Johnson’s intent to bring in hungry young players, and the belief that they will be genuine promotion candidates this campaign.
The new signing further bolsters Barnsley’s back line following the capture of Marc Roberts from Halifax Town, and Lewin Nyatanga signing a two-year contract extension.