DEFENDER Rob Edwards, freed by Blackpool at the end of the season, has clinched a two-year deal with Championship rivals Barnsley.
He has been signed by new Tykes boss Keith Hill, who left Rochdale to take over at Barnsley.
Edwards was an integral part of the Seasiders squad that won promotion to the Premier League, but he found his opportunities strictly limited in the top flight.
Hill said of Edwards: “He’s got pedigree, he’s been successful and he’s the ultimate professional.
“I knew there was a lot of interest from other clubs, but I took a back seat and bided my time to get him.
“He’s a recognised centre-back and has plenty of experience, he’s going to be a very important player for us.”
“Rob’s a very experienced player and has good football knowledge.”
Another player freed by Blackpool at the end of the season, Malaury Martin, is having trials with Middlesbrough.