BARNSLEY defender Toby Sibbick joined Heart of Midlothian yesterday, subject to international clearance.

Sibbick signed for the Reds in 2019 and went onto feature more than 50 times during his spell.

The 22-year-old had signed on loan for the Scottish club previously but he now returns to Tynecastle on a permanent basis.

Barnsley FC chief executive officer, Khaled El-Ahmad, said: “It is difficult to establish a regular place in the team with such competition in the central defensive position at Oakwell.

“As a player who wants to continue his development by playing regular first team football, Toby expressed his desire to consider alternative opportunities.

“With that, we have established a deal that suits all parties and I wish him luck with his move to the Scottish Premiership and Hearts.”

Toby added: “First of all, I would like to thank everyone associated with Barnsley FC for making my time at Oakwell as memorable as it has been.

“Since joining three years ago, I have experienced some incredible highs and I feel as though I have grown both as a player, and a person.

“I will always look back on my time in South Yorkshire fondly and wish nothing but the best for the Club and supporters in the future.”