When a manager like Harry Redknapp comes along and asks for your signature you’ve got to take it seriously.Marc Roberts
The highly-rated defender has penned a five-year deal and becomes Harry Redknapp’s second summer signing following the capture of David Stockdale earlier this month.
“I’m happy to be at such a big club,” Roberts told BluesTV. “There’s been a lot of rumours and a lot of clubs interested but when a manager like Harry Redknapp comes along and asks for your signature you’ve got to take it seriously.
“There are some really good players here and from my point of view I want to help the football club get promoted. That’s the end aim.
“I pride myself on clean sheets. I’m a defender first and foremost. My job is to protect the goalkeeper and let the more technical players go and score goals.
“I’m a heart on my sleeve type of player. I’ll give my all every game and I want to win. I’m addicted to winning and it can only be a good trait.”
The Tyke’s captain played a vital role in Barnsley’s first season back in the Championship last term, amassing 40 appearances at the heart of their backline.
A committed and determined centre-half, Roberts began his career with his hometown club Wakefield before enjoying further non-league spells with Worksop Town and Buxton.
His real rise to prominence began with a number of eye-catching displays for Conference Premier side Halifax Town.
During his two seasons in West Yorkshire, Roberts was linked with a move to a number of Football League Clubs - Blues also had their eye on him - but it was Barnsley who snapped up his services in the summer of 2015.
After signing a three-year deal at Oakwell, Roberts described himself as an “old-fashioned defender” who is “strong in the air and won’t lose many headers.”
The six-foot stopper went on to lift the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and gain promotion to the Championship in his first season at the Club.
His meteoric rise continued last season when he was named Barnsley club captain by Heckingbottom following the departure of Connor Hourihane in January.
Roberts faced Blues twice last season and was dismissed in our 2-2 draw at Oakwell for a challenge on Che Adams.
“I thought it was a bit harsh myself,” Roberts smiled. “I don’t get sent off very often but these things happen in football.”
In December, Roberts opened the scoring with a header in Barnsley's 3-0 defeat of Blues at St. Andrew's.
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