Barnsley: M’voto ready for Oakwell ‘project’

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New Barnsley arrival Jean-Yves M’voto is excited about being part of manager David Flitcroft’s Championship “project”.

French defender M’voto penned a two-year contract with the Reds yesterday, becoming Flitcroft’s fifth summer signing.

Strikers Chris O’Grady and John Cofie, winger Dale Jennings and defender Lewin Nyatanga have already been signed ahead of the new league season, which starts for the Reds at home to Wigan Athletic – relegated from the Premier League last season, at Oakwell on Saturday August 3.

“I’m really happy everything is sorted and I’m at Barnsley,” revealed M’voto.

The 24-year-old added: “I heard the manager [Flitcroft] was interested in me a couple of days ago, so we talked and I’m excited about his project. It’s exciting getting ready to play in this league, so I can’t wait.”

Centre-back M’voto started his career with Paris St Germain before signing for Sunderland on a three-year deal in 2008. He has also had loan spells with Southend United and Oldham Athletic, the latter whom he has made 123 appearances for over the last three seasons.

“Hopefully the fans like what they see,” said M’voto, who rejected interest from other clubs in favour of a switch to South Yorkshire.

“I like defending and I’d like to score a few goals as well,” he said. “The manager told me it’s a family and we’ve all got to work hard for each other. That’s fine by me because I like to work hard every day. That’s why I’m here.”

The Reds hosts French side Bordeaux in their third and penultimate pre-season tomorrow night followed by a trip to Rotherham United on Saturday.