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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Mackreth quits Bluebirds for Macclesfield

BARROW AFC have lost one of their most prized possessions, with winger Jack Mackreth having signed for Macclesfield Town.

The speedy winger – one of the Bluebirds’ outstanding performers last season in his first year at Holker Street – now looks set to face many of his old team-mates after penning a deal with the Silkmen.

Mackreth, who was out of contract and mulling over a new deal with Barrow, played more games than any other AFC player last term.

The 20-year-old scored five goals, as well as registering countless assists in his 49 appearances, and his departure will come as a massive blow to manager Dave Bayliss’s preparations for the 2012/13 campaign.

Hopes were high that, despite interest from several clubs, Mackreth would stay, after he verbally agreed a new deal.

The former Tranmere Rovers winger, who won two player-of-the-year awards, told the Evening Mail last week: “I’ve said I’m going to sign and am 99 per cent sure that I will do.”

But the lure of a move to a former League Two club situated closer to his Merseyside home, proved too much of a temptation for the Wales under-23s semi-professional international.

Mackreth was offered a new contract midway through the season and talks were said to be at an advanced stage, but were then put on hold until the end of the campaign.

It was hoped a deal would be forthcoming soon, but now he will be wearing the colours of Blue Square Bet Premier newcomers Macclesfield instead.

Aside from Mackreth, Bayliss has offered new deals to eight out-of-contract players – keepers Danny Hurst and Shaun Pearson; defenders Gavin Skelton and Mike Pearson; midfielders James Owen and Richie Baker; winger Paul Rutherford and striker Andy Cook – and he is still waiting to hear how many will sign. Forward Adam Boyes is already on a contract for 2012/13.

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Man City have Richards, Chelsea have Terry, Barrow have....???........Bayliss not interested, the Keens should be ensuring he gives locals a fair crack of the whip, then the gates would rise and Mr Keen would not have to bleat on in his column every week

Posted by t krul on 1 June 2012 at 10:30

We don't have any locals t krul; just like Man City and Chelsea don't. You are getting mixed up with your parochial amateur game where a player can work in the factory in the morning, play rugby in the afternoon, then go drinking with his team mates at night round the town. Any more bad atitude and you won't be invited to share our new stadium at a reasonable rent.

Posted by OLD JOHN on 31 May 2012 at 14:59

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