The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND - By Luke Baker

BARNS­LEY boss Paul Heck­ing­bot­tom be­lieves Alex Mowatt per­fectly fills a need for the club af­ter sign­ing the mid­fielder on a two-and-a-half year deal.

The 21-year-old came through the Leeds acad­emy and made 116 league ap­pear­ances for the Whites, scor­ing 12 goals.

But he has made the move across York­shire to join the Tykes and joins an­other mid­fielder, Le­ices­ter loa­nee Matty James, as a new face this week.

And Heck­ing­bot­tom is ex­cited by the tal­ent Mowatt will bring to the group.

“This is a big sign­ing for us and I’m re­ally pleased,” said Heck­ing­bot­tom. “He’s a very tal­ented foot­baller and has got over 100 ap­pear­ances un­der his belt al­ready, at the age of just 21, so he is an ex­cel­lent ad­di­tion.

“We knew that his con­tract was ap­proach­ing its end at Leeds and moved quickly to en­sure we could bring him here on a per­ma­nent ba­sis. He adds qual­ity to an area that we had iden­ti­fied as need­ing it.”

TAL­ENT: Alex Mowatt

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