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13 January 2024

Club News


13 January 2024

Barnsley Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Donovan Pines until summer 2025, with a further year option in the Club’s favour, subject to international clearance and a successful visa application.

The 25-year-old centre back arrives at Oakwell on a free transfer following a four-year spell with MLS outfit, DC United in the United States.

Pines began his career in his home state of Maryland, playing college football until signing a homegrown contract with DC United in 2019.

Standing at 6ft 5in, Pines made his MLS debut in April 2019 against Colorado Rapids, going on to make 87 league appearances for the Black-And-Red.

A tall, commanding defender, Pines arrives at Oakwell following a period off-season across the pond but is raring to go: “I’m really excited to be here. There is a lot of history here, since 1887, and I’m really excited to put my foot in the water and test it and do the best I can for the Club.

“I feel like there is a lot of raw talent that I’m watching and seeing in these games. Hopefully, I can contribute in a big way and be a leader on the team.”

Bobby Hassell, Interim Director of Football added: “Donovan was highlighted prior to my arrival into the role and became our top target this January window.

“There have been extensive discussions over the last three weeks to be able to bring Donovan to the Club and he has shown an excellent attitude in choosing this move despite having more lucrative offers from elsewhere.

“His physical stature allows him to be aerially dominant and combative whilst also possessing fantastic recovery speed, making him a versatile defender against different attacking players.

“The move would not have been possible without the help of the recruitment team who collectively helped get the deal over the line and allows us to bolster our defensive options in the short term, with the 18-month contract being suitable for all parties. We wish Donovan the best of luck during his time at Oakwell.”

Our latest recruit is available for player sponsorship for the remainder of the 23/24 campaign, contact our commercial team at for more details!

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