BARNSLEY have signed Republic of Ireland youth international Barry Cotter on a three-and-a-half year deal.

The 24-year-old defender has signed from League of Ireland outfit Shamrock Rovers.

Barnsley FC CEO, Khaled El-Ahmad, said: “We are pleased to bring Barry to Oakwell.

“We look forward to seeing him work with Michael and the staff out on the training pitch and wish him a warm welcome to the club.“

Barry said: “It’s so exciting.

“It’s a great opportunity, I’m absolutely buzzing.

“I can’t wait to hit the ground running.

“It’s a huge club, there’s great history.

“I’m over the moon.”