efl championship is a step up, says barnsley's andersen

15:00    25 Jun 2019

Mads Andersen
Former AC Horsens defender Mads Andersen has expressed his delight after joining new EFL Championship outfit Barnsley.

The central defender has joined the club on a four-year contract, with a further year option in the club’s favour, departing Danish side AC Horsens.

Barnsley secured promotion to the Championship after finishing second on the 2018/19 EFL League One standings.

“I am so excited. It’s really hard to describe, I am very emotional, but it is such a good feeling,” Andersen said.

The ink had barely dried on the deal, but the joy on the defender’s face was evident as he walked around Oakwell, checking out his new surroundings, stating: “I can’t even bring myself to say anything, it’s beautiful, I want to play now.”

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Leaving behind his native Denmark, the towering central defender will be joining a club in a league he admires, has watched on television and labels as exciting.

“I think it’s the right step for me. It is a good club, it’s a good choice for me, everything I have been told sounds really good and I am happy to be here, and we are in a good division. I am ready for the next step now," he said.

"English football is physical and has a lot of duels, I love duels, it’s good and hard working. The league is a big league so I am very excited.”

Andersen helped Horsens finish tenth on the Danish Superliga standings during the 2018/19 season.
 

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