SOLIHULL Moors have announced the return of midfielder Joe Sbarra, who has signed a two-year deal with the option of a further year in place.
The 21-year-old played six times for Solihull in the 2018/19 campaign when the club narrowly missed out on promotion to the Football League – finishing in second place.
Sbarra was on loan from Burton Albion in that campaign and, following his departure from the Pirelli Stadium earlier this summer, he has made the Moors his permanent home this time around.
He began his footballing career through the youth academy at West Brom before becoming an academy graduate at Burton – making his senior debut on the final day of the 2016/17 season.
Sbarra made 76 appearances for the Brewers which features games in the Championship and League One. His one goal for the club came as he opened the scoring in a 2-2 draw away to Portsmouth in September 2019.
The midfielder had the following to say on the move: “Ever since I came here on loan it’s been a forward-thinking club – an ambitious club – and I think it’s just carried on.
“I think this came at the right time. This is a good club to come and get a fresh start with. It’s a very ambitious club, it’s only going one way and that’s up.
“I’ll hopefully put my stamp on it and play a part in getting us up.
“Everybody’s goal is to win the league, that’s what we’re here to do. We’re not going to be happy with anything but promotion and I think we’ve got the quality to do it.”
Manager Jimmy Shan added: “I am really pleased we got this one over the line, as Joe had offers from both the EFL and SPL.
“Joe is an outstanding technician and has great ability to unlock defences, which will give us an edge in the final third.
“He has Championship and League One football on his CV and a footballing brain to match.
“Joe excites with his energy, enthusiasm and quality. I’m sure he will fit right in and soon become a fans’ favourite.”