Hurst and Skelton sign Barrow deals
Last updated at 15:35, Thursday, 07 June 2012
KEEPER Danny Hurst and left-back Gavin Skelton have committed their immediate futures to Barrow AFC.
Both out-of-contract players signed new deals with the Bluebirds last night.
Winger Paul Rutherford, midfielder James Owen and the Pearson brothers, defender Mike and keeper Shaun, are set to follow suit and pen new contracts tomorrow.
Midfielder Richie Baker is also expected to re-sign for Barrow when he returns from holiday.
AFC manager Dave Bayliss, meanwhile, says he is close to bringing in a new winger and a striker to replace departed pair Jack Mackreth and Andy Cook.
“Danny Hurst ummed and ahhed and I know a lot of teams came in for him. But Danny is a cracking lad and a good, hard-working professional, just like Gav,” he said.
“Both are a pleasure to work with and great to have about the place.
“The other five will sign too, so along with Adam Boyes and Matt Flynn it will give us nine.
“A new striker very close to signing – it’s a lad we were going to sign regardless of whether Cooky went or not. We want three contracted strikers in total for next season.
“We are also closing in on a winger. In fact, we have two wingers lined up, which, along with Ruthers staying, will give us three in those wide positions.”
Asked if one of the wingers was Sean Clancy – the brother of model Abbey – who was released by Fleetwood Town last month, Bayliss said: “We’ll have to wait and see.”
He added: “We will take our time and get the right lads in.
“We potentially have some big players coming in and I’m more excited this year than last.
“The players we will get in will be better than the ones we have lost and have more potential. They are of a similar age to those who have gone but have experience at this level and in the Football League.
“At Barrow we are where we are in the food chain and are a club that has to rebuild when players leave, but that’s not a problem to me.
“I see it as a challenge and I guarantee we will do better again next season than last season (when Barrow finished 13th in Blue Square Bet Premier).”
• James Owen was a used substitute as the Wales Under-23 semi-pro team lost 4-0 in Norway.
First published at 19:28, Wednesday, 06 June 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Just what is it with the INSULAR PENINSULA Furness folk's thinking, for every optimist they are Nine pessimists......Bayles has improved the club, So back the fella and lets see what can be achieved.Come on BARROW AFC :)
Absolutely brilliant news that Danny has signed.We wouldn,t have got a better keeper from anywhere and he is worth a dozen points a season to us at least and it is great credit to him as well that he came back as I am sure he will have had a lot of offers from higher clubs and probably a lot more money.
Well done also to Dave B. for getting him back.
Things looking better already.