Date: 5th June 2015 at 5:55pm
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Scottish Cup Winner Marley Watkins has today signed a two year deal with Barnsley.

Manager Lee Johnson was up against a host of competition for the 24 year old striker, but we have managed to secure his services just days after he scored in Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s Scottish Cup two one victory over Falkirk.

The striker, who can also play on the wing, scored nine times for ICT in 2014-15, also chipping in with 16 assists in his 39 appearances last term, and Johnson is convinced he can more than make the change to League One football in 2015-16.

Speaking to the Official Site after penning his deal, Watkins said of the move.

‘I’m delighted. I had a good, positive meeting with Lee Johnson and I was really impressed with what he had to say and where he wants to go. I’m excited to be a part of it.’

As for his Cup experience, he added.

‘It was awesome to score in a final. It was a great way to end and I hold Inverness close to my heart. I just want to come to England and prove myself down here then aims high as possible. I want to be a success with Barnsley.’

He comes to us with experience at lower levels of the Football League having played for Hereford, Bath City and Cheltenham Town in former years before heading for Scotland, and he so far has just under 200 games under his belt, with a return of 24 goals.

Johnson himself said of the deal that he was again delighted to have beaten off interest from Championship clubs for the player.

‘He’s someone I’ve tracked for a long time. I’ve liked the look of him for a while. He’s a really good acquisition. He can take League One by storm. He’s quick, mobile and strong. He’s provided 25 goals for the team in assists and goals and that’s been a really positive element of Inverness’s fantastic season. He’s got bits to improve on but he’s got the attributes to succeed.’

Johnson went on to say of the interest in him.

‘We will work closely together and that’s great to hear. It’s a whole package we’ve got as a Club, with our facilities, ambition and support. He had more lucrative options and we feel like we’ve won because he’s chosen us. He had seven or eight offers on paper varying between the SPL, Championship and League One. I am really pleased to secure him. I think he could be a bit of an unknown quantity as clubs won’t know a lot about him. He can hit the ground running. He has great running power and can hustle and get into dangerous areas through his physicality.’

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