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Barrow keeper Hurst proves a point

BARROW AFC goalkeeper Danny Hurst believes he has succeeded in proving a point this season.

CALL ME NUMBER ONE: Danny Hurst shakes hands with boss Dave Bayliss after Barrow’s unlucky FA Cup defeat to Rotherham in November

Released by Fleetwood Town at the end of the 2010/11 campaign, the Bolton-based 31-year-old was given the chance to shine with the Bluebirds.

Hurst has taken that opportunity and, after a season packed with commanding performances, re-established himself as one of the best keepers in non-league football.

His man-of-the-match display in AFC’s final game of the season – a 3-1 home victory over Newport County on Saturday – was followed by him winning the Barrow AFC player-of-the-year award, as voted for by the supporters. Now it is up to Bluebirds manager Dave Bayliss to get his number-one stopper, who like most of his team-mates is out of contract, signed up on a new deal at Furness Building Society Stadium.

And while Hurst’s former club Fleetwood have gone on to win promotion to League Two this term, he still feels a point has been proven.

The popular keeper, who missed two months of the season with a serious head injury suffered in the FA Trophy defeat at Wealdstone in January, said: “It’s never nice getting released. I felt I had a bit of a point to prove and I definitely think I’ve done that.

“I’m pleased with my season. Obviously I had a few months off in the middle of the season because of my injury but I’ve come back and really enjoyed it this year.

“It feels great to have won an award and that we were able to finish the season with a win. I think we were a bit more like our usual selves against Newport, like the Barrow we saw at the start of the season.

“It was important for us to get that win (a first in 11 games) for the fans, who have been great all season, home and away. It was nice to finish with a win for them.”

Hurst made a total of 35 appearances during the season, keeping seven clean sheets in the process.

And Bayliss told the Evening Mail last week that he wants to keep both him and number-two keeper Shaun Pearson, who made 18 appearances and kept four clean sheets, at Barrow next season.

Asked if he saw his future as remaining with the Bluebirds, Hurst said: “The manager is speaking into everyone this week so we’ll see what happens.

“I’ve enjoyed it here this year, so I’ll sit down with Dave, have a chat, and see what we can sort out.

“I’ll also probably try and get a couple of weeks away on holiday this summer but, as it always does, the new season will soon come round again so I will be getting ready for that too.”

Quizzed as to whether had been made offers by other clubs, Hurst added: “I think I have done all right this year, so I don’t know.

“I’ve just been concentrating on playing well and now the season is over we’ll try and get something sorted out.”

Have your say

Dig deep and get Danny signed up.
We wont get a better keeper certainly not from Non League clubs or from the majority of lower division Football League clubs.

Posted by Ken Haddock on 1 May 2012 at 18:58

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