Bauress: I kept McNulty 'hostage'
Published at 01:00, Tuesday, 19 June 2007
GARY Bauress has revealed he refused to let centre-half Steve McNulty out of his house until he signed for Barrow AFC.
The Bluebirds assistant boss and manager Phil Wilson have been chasing the 23-year-old ex-Liverpool Academy captain since they took over the managerial reins at Holker Street in December 2005.
And this summer they were determined to do whatever it would take to land their man.
Fellow Liverpudlian Bauress, who skippered Barrow to the UniBond Premier Division title in 1997/98, said: “I went after Steve last season and the season before that, but could never quite get him to sign.
“Me and Phil had been ringing and ringing him for six or seven weeks.
“He came round to my house and told me Stalybridge Celtic manager Steve Burr had just called him.
“I had all the cuttings out, showing him when Barrow won the league title.
“I wouldn’t let him out of the house until he signed!
“In the end it got to about 2.30am, I still wouldn’t let him out of the house, so he eventually signed!” The ex-Vauxhall Motors and Burscough captain penned a two-year deal, becoming AFC’s first close season recruit.
“I know McNulty might not be a big player to people up in Barrow, but believe me, he’s among, I’d say, the top three centre-halfs in the whole of the league,” said Bauress.
“Southport apparently made an offer of £10,000 for him in the middle of last season and he’s very highly-rated around these parts.
“I think it is a coup us getting him, he could have gone to two or three other clubs.”
McNulty joined Liverpool aged seven, signing a three-year professional contract at 17.
He left Anfield in 2003, having played up to reserve team level.
“Gary and Phil really sold the club to me,” said McNulty.
“It sounds like Barrow are going places and I know they get big crowds.
“At Vauxhall I was playing in front of about 150 people. Barrow are a bigger club with good ambitions.”
He added: “It’s true that Gary wouldn’t let me leave his house till I signed!
“I know Gary, he’s a mate, and he sold the club really well.”
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