Following confirmation of Kelland Absalom’s arrival at Jenner Park, we caught up with the goalkeeper to get his thoughts on the move.
Kelland, welcome to Barry Town. How pleased are you to get the move done?
“I’m over the moon to get the deal done before the start of the season. I’m really happy to be here and I’m looking forward to what is to come.”
What was it that made you want to make the move?
“My discussions with Gav have been great. His ambitions for the season are very high, and listening to his plans for the future really excited me. It is a move that I couldn’t turn down.”
You started your career in the academies at Cardiff and Wigan, what was that like as a learning experience?
“It was really good. I lived at home when I was at Cardiff, but I was 15 when I moved to Wigan and had to live away from home, so that was a big learning curve for me as a kid. I definitely grew as both a player and a person when I was at Wigan.”
You then spent some time in Sweden, what was that like?
“Another good learning curve. I had to adapt to a completely different lifestyle and the style of football is different too, it’s certainly not as physical as it is back here. But I really enjoyed my time there and took a lot from it.”
Having signed for Carmarthen earlier this year, the Cymru South season was then unfortunately cancelled, so how excited are you to finally get back playing football?
“That’s the biggest thing for me – getting back playing. Especially with the fans being back in stadiums as well, I can’t wait to get going and play as many games as I can.”
What are your hopes and ambitions for the season?
“I think everyone has the same ambition here – hopefully finish in the top three and see where that takes us. The ultimate goal has to be to get back into Europe.”