Perkins completes Barnsley switch

DAVID Perkins has signed for Championship club Barnsley on a Bosman free transfer after rejecting the offer of a new deal at Colchester United.

The 28-year-old midfielder, having swept the board at the U’s end-of-season awards, has never played in the second tier of English football and decided it was too good an opportunity to turn down.

He signs a two-year deal and links back up with his former Rochdale boss Keith Hill who has just been installed as the new manager at the Yorkshire club.

This time last year the energetic Lancashire-born player found himself completely out-of-favour at Colchester under former manager Aidy Boothroyd and had just spent spells out on loan at League Two clubs Chesterfield and Stockport.

He leaves The Weston Homes Community Stadium having made over 90 appearances for the Essex club over three seasons.

– Full story in tomorrow’s EADT.

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