We can this evening confirm that Barnsley U23s player Keaton Ward will join the Robins on loan from Barnsley for the rest of the season.

Upon signing for Barnsley, the club described Keaton as a young midfielder who had impressed them at Youth Alliance level for Mansfield Town the season before.

The 20-year-old signed with the EFL Championship side following a successful trial period, signing a contract at Oakwell ahead of their 2019/20 Professional Development League campaign.

Ilkeston first team manager Martin Carruthers said: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Keaton to Ilkeston Town.

“It’s a real coup for the club and an exciting signing for the fans. Huge thanks go to Bobby Hasell and Gary Charles for allowing us to sign Keaton and help further his development.

“Keaton is an excellent addition to an already talented squad and can’t wait to see him in action.”