Conor Shaw
Tuesday 05 January 2021

Forest Green Rovers can confirm that Liam Kitching has completed a permanent transfer to Championship side Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old’s move to Oakwell breaks the club record for a transfer fee received – and he has signed a long-term deal with the Tykes.

Kitching leaves the innocent New Lawn having made 53 appearances in all competitions for the club.

He joined Forest Green from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee in July 2019 – and made his debut in green and black on the opening day of the season against Walsall at the Banks’ Stadium.

The Harrogate-born centre-back remained ever present for Mark Cooper’s side during his inaugural season at the club – and proved to be one of the first names on the teamsheet during his eighteen-month spell.

Rich Hughes, Director of Football at Forest Green Rovers commented: “We have been delighted with Liam’s progression since he has been at the club, and the fact that we have been able to conclude this deal with Barnsley is testament to his development at FGR.

“When Kitch joined the club, Mark and the coaching staff have worked tirelessly to improve him and we are looking forward to seeing him excel at Barnsley.”