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Reds sign two strikers and goalkeeper on deadline day – and turn down offer for defender Roberts

Barnsley head coach Lee Johnson pulled off a triple signing spree on transfer deadline day – and also turned down an offer for defender Marc Roberts.

Despite playing at Scunthorpe United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night, the Oakwell Club still managed to wrap up three deals before the transfer window slammed shut.

Swindon Town striker Michael Smith – a Johnson transfer target all summer – arrived on loan until January 4th, 2016.

The loan agreement also contains an agreed purchase option for the January 2016 transfer window.

Meanwhile, striker Harry White has joined Barnsley from Vanarama North outfit Gloucester City.

The 20-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Reds after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

And goalkeeper Nick Townsend, initially on loan from Birmingham City, has signed a three-year deal with the Reds – also for an undisclosed fee – and played in the 2-1 win at Scunthorpe on Tuesday.

Defender Roberts, a Barnsley-born summer signing from non-league Halifax Town, is also remaining at Oakwell, after Johnson rebuffed an enquiry from an un-named club and stated that the club ‘wanted to keep its best players’.

Roberts has made a very encouraging start to his Oakwell career so far his season.

Striker Smith could make his debut in Saturday’s League One home game with Shrewsbury, who are, of course, managed by ex-Reds caretaker boss Micky Mellon.

Smith, 23, was a huge part of Swindon’s promotion push and Play-Off Final appearance last seaso, netting 18 goals for the Robins in 46 appearances last term.

A delighted Johnson told the club’s official website: “I’m really pleased to get this one over the line. Michael will not only bring a great presence to our forward line but he also adds goals, too.

“He has all the attributes to complement what we already have here.

“I have tracked Michael through the window and I am pleased to have secured his services on loan initially. I’m looking forward to working with him.

“I’m also really pleased to welcome Harry White on board. He is a player with good potential and I’m looking forward to keeping an eye on his progress under Paul Heckingbottom within our development squad.

“This is a fantastic place for young players like Harry as there is a genuine pathway into the first team.”

Keeper Townsend is thrilled at joining the Reds on a permanent basis.

“Since day one I’ve really enjoyed training and everything about being here,” he told the Reds’ official website.

“All the lads made me feel welcome and it’s just the right idea to join permanently. There’s great competition between me and Adam [Davies] and we’ll be fighting it out which will make both of us better.”

 

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