Following recent speculation, Barnsley captain Marc Roberts has distanced himself from a move away from the club, when speaking to the Sheffield Star. A list of promising young talents and star men have headed out of Oakwell over the last few seasons, and many felt Roberts could follow suit.

The 26-year-old centre back has established himself as one of the first names on Paul Heckingbottom teamsheet and will again anticipate counting on him again next season. The Barnsley skipper insists that it gives him immense pride to wear the armband when leading out the rest of his teammates.

John Stones, Mason Holgate and Alfie Mawson all left for Premier League clubs in recent times, plus Conor Hourihane and Sam Winnall both departed in the January transfer window too, along with James Bree. Since the season ended, Josh Scowen and Marley Watkins both decided to seek pastures new too. Despite this, and the rumours over his future, Roberts is just focused on himself and the team,

“I’m just concentrating on leading Barnsley out at Oakwell and wearing the captain’s armband with pride.

“You see these things and you have to try and take it all with a pinch of salt.

“You try and ignore it when you’re linked away. It happens to a lot of people at this club.

“It’s testament to the coaching staff here that there are rumours about so many of our players.”

Since making the move from Halifax in 2015, Roberts has made over 70 appearances for the Tykes, helping them win promotion in the Sky Bet League One play-offs in 2016. A string of fine performances at the heart of the defence also helped ensure a mid-table finish in their first season back in the Sky Bet Championship too.

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