First Team

Sibbick returns to Hearts

27th January 2022

Robbie Neilson has added more strength in depth to his backline with the signing of Toby Sibbick from Barnsley.

The defender joins the Jambos on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance.

No stranger to Gorgie, Toby spent part of the 2019/20 season on loan at Tynecastle Park, putting in a man of the match performance in a debut win over Rangers before providing an assist in a 3-3 draw at McDiarmid Park.

22-year-old Toby came through the ranks at AFC Wimbledon, becoming a mainstay in their first team, which led to a move to Barnsley in 2019. A top team regular at Oakwell, he headed north in January 2020 to join the Jam Tarts. Despite a promising start, his time at the club cut short through injury, illness and a curtailed season due to Covid-19.

Nevertheless, the 22-year-old made quite the impression during his time at the club, and after a loan spell at Belgian side Oostende and a return to Barnsley’s first team, he’s back at Tynecastle to pull on the maroon jersey once again.

Speaking to the Official Hearts Website, manager Robbie Neilson said: “I’m delighted to get Toby in on a permanent deal.

“He’s someone we’ve been aware of for a while and he obviously has past links to the club. By all accounts he made a really good impression last time round and was unfortunate that bad luck stopped him from going on to show what he could do.

“We’re getting a talented and versatile player who’s had even more experience at a high level down south, so hopefully we can reap the benefits of that.”

Sporting Director Joe Savage said: “Feedback on Toby’s previous spell at the club is glowing but, more importantly, he’s continued to develop and progress as a player.

“We’ve brought him in because we feel he can help improve the team, which is important as we enter the second half of the season.

“There will be a few familiar faces in the dressing room which will be good for him, and I know the fans thought very highly of him so I’m sure they will be happy to see him pull on a Hearts shirt once again and, hopefully, pick up from where he left off.”