LIAM Roberts says his first few days at Barnsley have been ‘incredible’ and has not ruled out staying for longer than this season.
The 28-year-old began joined on a season-long loan from Middlesbrough this week and is expected to compete with fellow summer signing Ben Killip for the number one shirt.
Asked if he could stay for longer than a year, Roberts told the Chronicle: “Potentially. I am here for a year so we will see how it goes.
“There are no guarantees in football so I will just give it everything for a year for the club and community.
“I don’t have a clue if there is a clause in the contract for a permanent deal.
“I just wanted to come here and play.”
Barnsley swooped to sign Roberts just a day after selling Brad Collins to Coventry.
“It happened quite quick.
“But as soon I knew they were interested it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. I am just looking forward to playing games and getting out there.
“It’s a massive club and massive fanbase.”
Roberts joins with just over a fortnight until the new season starts.
“It’s a quick turnaround but I have been training for three weeks and feel sharp and fit.
“It’s just a case of getting those connections on the training pitch so we are ready for the start of the season.”
What have his first few days been like at Oakwell?
“It’s been good. Everyone has welcomed me with open arms.
“I am just getting to know all the names and to know everyone. But it’s been an incredible few days.”
Roberts began his career with hometown club Walsall, making 149 appearances in League One and League Two.
He then moved to Northampton Town and was an ever-present in their 2021/22 campaign in League Two – being sent off with minutes left on the last day for handball outside his box as they missed out on automatic promotion to Bristol Rovers who won 7-0.
He missed the play-off first leg but returned for the second as they were beaten by Mansfield.
He moved on to Middlesbrough and played four Championship games last season – as well as in the EFL Cup loss to Barnsley last August.