Barnsley: Reds sign Marley Watkins as Lewin Nyatanga pledges future

St Mirren John Mcginn (right) against Inverness Marley Watkins (left) during the Scottish Premier League match at St Mirren Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 7, 2013. See PA story SOCCER St Mirren. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY'
St Mirren John Mcginn (right) against Inverness Marley Watkins (left) during the Scottish Premier League match at St Mirren Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 7, 2013. See PA story SOCCER St Mirren. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY'

Barnsley have completed the signing of forward Marley Watkins on a two-year deal.

And in a double boost for the Reds, centre back Lewin Nyatanga has signed a new two-year contract to remain with the club.

Marley joins just days after scoring in Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s win in the Scottish Cup final.

The 24-year-old turned down interest from several clubs, including Championship outfits, to move to Oakwell.

The versatile forward is a player Reds’ boss Lee Johnson admires greatly.

And with Sam Winnall the only recognised senior striker at Oakwell, Johnson was keen to bolster his ranks and told the Star earlier this week that he was on the hunt for two strikers.

Watkins fits the bill, as well as being able to play as a winger.

Then 24-year-old stared his career as a youth team player with Swansea City before spells at Cheltenham Town, Bath City and Hereford United.

Last season Watkins scored nine goals in 33 appearances and has aspirations of playing for Wales one day having previously been put on standby for the international squad.

Nyatanga has signed a new deal to keep him at Oakwell until 2017.

The 26-year-old was ever-present last season, making 51 appearances at the heart of the Reds’ defence, and with the summer departure of club captain Martin Cranie, Nyatanga was the only senior centre-half at the club.

The Welsh international was handed the captain’s armband on the last day of the season, and is a key component in manager Lee Johnson’s plans.

Nyatanga’s new contract comes as the Reds continue to build their squad for next season’s promotion push, having already signed Barnsley-born defender Marc Roberts on a free transfer from FC Halifax Town in May.