Bury Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of former Premier League player Leon Barnett...
Leon put pen to paper this afternoon signing a two-year deal with the Shakers after he was released from Wigan Athletic at the end of the season. He joins straight up with the squad as they continue their pre-season training programme at Carrington.
Leon brings a wealth of top-level experience to Gigg Lane having won promotion to the Premier League three times in his career.
He started his football career at Luton Town and progressed through their youth system.
Barnett completed a move from Luton Town to Championship club West Bromwich Albion on 26th July 2007 for an initial fee of £2.5 million. He played a pivotal role in the side that won the 2007-08 Championship title. Barnett made 36 appearances during the season, scoring three times.
His next big move was on the 26th August 2010 when he joined Norwich City. On 10 December 2010 he penned a permanent three-and-a-half deal with the side for an undisclosed fee. He suffered a hamstring injury in February 2011, which ruled him out for the rest of the season as the club won promotion to the Premier League as runners-up.
In 2013, Barnett completed a one-month loan move to Championship club Cardiff City as a replacement for injured captain Mark Hudson. Leon formed a strong defensive partnership with Ben Turner as Cardiff went on to win the Championship title. His loan was extended until the end of the season, but he was later recalled by Norwich on 24 April 2013.
In August 2013, Leon joined Wigan for an undisclosed fee. In his three years with the Latics he made 85 appearances and scored 6 goals.
The 30-year-old joins the Club with 233 League appearances under his belt.