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Rovers snap up sought-after midfielder Sbarra

20 May 2024

Club News

Rovers snap up sought-after midfielder Sbarra

20 May 2024

We are delighted to confirm the arrival of midfielder Joe Sbarra as the first new signing of the summer.

The 25-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with the option of a further year and arrives at the Eco-Power Stadium fresh from featuring in both this season’s National League play-off and FA Trophy finals at Wembley.

Energetic playmaker Sbarra was in high demand following his departure from Solihull Moors, where he grew his reputation during a four-year spell.

And he says the plans laid out to him by manager Grant McCann ensured he knew Rovers were the right club for him.

“It’s a quick turnaround and I’m just delighted to get it over the line,” he said.

“From the first conversation with the gaffer, everything he had to say appealed to me loads. The way he plays suits me and the way he sees me fitting in. How welcoming him and his staff have been has been great as well so I’m really pleased.”

West Midlands-born Sbarra scored 36 goals in 149 appearances for Solihull, including in both the semi-final and final of the National League play-offs as Moors missed out on promotion to the EFL on penalties.

Sbarra rose to prominence in the 2021/22 campaign when he netted 18 goals in 48 appearances as Solihull again reached the play-off final only to be beaten in extra time by Grimsby Town.

He came through the ranks at Burton Albion and made 70 appearances, including 18 in the Championship, prior to his permanent switch to Solihull in 2020.

Rovers manager McCann said: “I’m really pleased with this one. He’s had quite a bit of interest in him after the three or four seasons he’s had at Solihull where he’s been excellent.

“He’s been among the goals and played a lot of games. We’ve been chasing him for a bit, keeping an eye on him and watching his games and we’re really pleased to get it done.”

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