Oldham Athletic are pleased to announce the signing of attacker Marcus Barnes on a deal until the end of the season with an option to extend.
The 24-year-old has spent time on trial with the club over the past few months and has impressed Harry Kewell to earn a contract.
Barnes started at the Wolverhampton Wanderers academy before a move down to Southampton. After scoring six goals in 13 appearances for the Saints U18s, he put pen-to-paper on his first professional contract at just 17-years-old.
He featured once for the first-team as he came off the bench in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup at Pride Park against Derby County. In the EFL Trophy, the forward made five appearances and netted once for the U21s.
Whilst at St Mary’s, Barnes gained vital experience by spending time on loan at Yeovil Town and Eastleigh. Throughout his loan spell at the Spitfires, he found the back of the net five times in 19 games in all competitions.
Explaining the decision about adding Barnes to his options, the Head Coach said; "He's an interesting one as I see a lot of potential in him.
"He's got that hunger in his belly to prove he can become a regular performer. He's just got to back his ability and when he does that, I can see some exciting things happening from him."
On joining his new team, Marcus said; "I'm looking forward to what the second part of this season brings. I've been around the club for a few months now after moving up here and they have shown huge faith in me, so now it's my time to return that by going out on the pitch and giving my all.
"I'm an attacker that likes to run in-behind with pace and after a few training sessions I know the style of play the gaffer wants me to focus on."
Barnes will wear the #26 shirt whilst at the club and is also available for selection tomorrow.
Welcome to Latics, Marcus!