Central defender joins from Torquay United on a two-year contract.
We are delighted to announce the signing of central defender Angus MacDonald who has today signed a two-year contract at Oakwell.
After beating off competition from rival clubs, Angus joins the Reds from Torquay United for an undisclosed fee and will link up with the first team ahead of the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season. At just 23-years-old, the 6’ 3” tall defender already has an abundance of experience in the game with over 100 career appearances to his name.
Since progressing through the Reading FC academy, Winchester born MacDonald’s technical and defensive abilities have seen him gain international recognition within the England setup. The Reds latest summer signing has been capped at England Under 16 and Under 19 level, before going on to play for the England C team on two occasions.
Angus has followed a very similar journey to Reds defensive lynchpin Marc Roberts, who also joined the Club from non-league having made appearances for the England C side.
MacDonald is also no stranger to Football League action having enjoyed successful loan spells with AFC Wimbledon and Torquay (when they were in League Two) during the 2012/13 season, making 21 league appearances in total. After watching the defender for an extended period, the Reds coaching staff see a lot of potential in the dynamic central defender.
Reds Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom commented, “He’s a player I’ve been keeping a close eye on for some time now, and I am delighted to bring him to Oakwell. Our squad is young and hungry, and Angus fits that mould perfectly. He will be re-joining League football and I can see his desire to learn quickly with us. He will help the side in an area I felt we needed to reinforce and I want to get him involved with the squad as quickly as possible. It’s now down to Angus to show us that he has what it takes to make the step up and put himself in contention.”
On securing a move to Oakwell, MacDonald said, “I’m delighted to join such a big Club and I have to thank Paul Heckingbottom for giving me this chance. It’s a great move for me and a change of lifestyle, as well as club, but it’s one that I’m really looking forward to. As soon as I knew of the interest from Barnsley, it was a no brainer for me and I jumped at the chance. I’m relishing the challenge of playing with and against such high profile and established players, and I can’t wait to meet the lads and get out onto the training pitch.”
We’ll be putting the fans questions to Angus as part of our ‘Getting To Know…’ series, which will appear on Barnsley Player HD! Want to ask the Reds latest summer signing a question? Tweet your questions to @bfc_offical and use the hashtag #AskAngus
Angus MacDonald is officially a Red for the 2016/17 Season! Make sure you’re part of what promises to be an exhilarating and exciting return to the Sky Bet Championship and get your 2016/17 Season Ticket online now by clicking here! Alternatively buy in-store or telephone 01226 211 183.