Kacper Lopata signs four-year deal with Barnsley

Kacper Lopata

Kacper Lopata Credit: Barnsley

Barnsley has confirmed the signing of 21-year-old defender Kacper Łopata, marking their first acquisition of the 2023/24 summer transfer window.

Łopata, who has made a name for himself both domestically and internationally, has signed a four-year contract with the Reds.

Originally from Krakow, Łopata moved to England at an early age and rapidly progressed through the ranks of youth football.

At 17, he joined Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion before moving to Sheffield United to work under Paul Heckingbottom in their youth setup.

Known for his imposing 6’3” frame, Łopata has earned recognition on the international stage, having represented Poland at all levels from under 18s to under 21s.

His club career took him to Southend United in September 2022 and then to Woking less than a year later, where he contributed to the team's fourth-place finish in the National League.

With a tally of 68 first-team appearances, Łopata is poised to make his mark at Oakwell.

"It’s a great club to invest my future in," Łopata stated. "It’s got a great history of developing players and I thought I could do just that here.”

The Reds concluded last season in an intensely dramatic fashion, finishing 4th in the League One table and falling just short in the play-off final.

Barnsley were outdone by Josh Windass's last minute extra-time winner in the play-off final.

Sheffield Wednesday, who were down to 10 men, clinched victory in what was undoubtedly one of the season's most thrilling climaxes.