Roberts keen to make his Marc at Barnsley

Marc Roberts in action against Barnsley last summer
Marc Roberts in action against Barnsley last summer

Former Town skipper Marc Roberts is confident he can make the step up to full-time football after sealing a dream move to League One Barnsley.

The 24-year-old was named player of the year at Town and has been one of the club’s stand-out performers over the last two years.

He saw a move to Oakwell fall through last summer, while a switch to Birmingham also collapsed in January.

But the centre-back is delighted to have finally sealed his first-step into professional football.

“I know it sounds like a cliché but it is a dream come true,” he said.

“It’s what every player dreams about and what I’ve been working towards for the last few years.

“I can’t thank Halifax enough for giving me the opportunity to play at Conference level.

“The gave me the chance to showcase my abilities which has helped get me this move.”

Roberts admitted the move to the South Yorkshire club is ideal and is confident he can cope playing two divisions higher.

“I’m very happy about it,” he said. “It was difficult leaving Halifax, but it was something I couldn’t turn down.

“I’m just happy to have got it sorted.

“I live in Barnsley so it’s a great move from that respect and I’ve always looked out for their results.

“I’m not daft, I know it’s going to be difficult to adapt from part-time to full-time playing in a good league.

“But I’m the type of person who’ll work hard for it.

“I know what I’ve got to do to make the step-up.”

Roberts paid tribute to former boss Neil Aspin, who he credited with his ascent up the league ladder after a baptism of fire on his Halifax debut, when the defender was taken off after 54 minutes having been culpable for two Cambridge goals in their 5-1 win.

He added: “It was a difficult start, I got thrown in at the deep end.

“But after that I think I’ve improved a lot through experience more than anything.

“That’s down to Neil having the faith in me.

“It could have been totally different if he had dropped me, my career could have gone the other way.

“So I’ve got a hell of a lot to thank him for.

“He’s been great, I can’t thank Neil enough for what he’s done for me.

“I hope he gains more success at Halifax and gets what he wants out of football, whether that’s going into league management or getting promoted with Halifax.

“I wish them all the best for the future.”