Category: Transfers

#DonDeal | Brandon Griffiths signs for Barry Town United

Barry Town United are pleased to announce the signing of winger Brandon Griffiths.

Born in Cardiff, Griffiths joined Swansea City’s academy at the age of 14 and was awarded a scholarship 18 months later.

During his time with the Swans, the club were granted Category One academy status, meaning the attacker was able to test himself against some of the best young players in the country as part of the Under-18 side.

Griffiths departed Swansea in 2018, deciding to make the switch to German fifth tier side TuS Ennepetal. He later moved to DJK TuS Hordel and then to Belgian fourth division outfit KSK Ronse.

Now 23, Brandon has moved back to Wales and spent the summer training with our squad, earning a deal for the season ahead.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “Brandon has been with us during pre-season and has shown in each performance that he brings something different to the squad. He’s displayed a good attitude and work ethic throughout and also shown a desire to be a part of the club. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Kelland Absalom: “It is a move that I couldn’t turn down”

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.”

#FlippinKell | Barry Town sign goalkeeper Kelland Absalom

Barry Town United are pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Kelland Absalom from Carmarthen Town.

Absalom played academy football for Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic, before making the move to Swedish side Ytterhogdals IK in 2017. Two years later, he joined top-flight outfit Ostersunds where he was named on the bench in several Allsvenskan matches.  

Upon returning to Wales, the shot-stopper was on the books at Haverfordwest County and then made the switch to Carmarthen earlier this year. He featured for the Old Gold in their Nathaniel MG Cup first round tie against Cambrian & Clydach Vale last month.

The 23-year-old was capped six times by Wales at Under-17 level and also featured for the Under-21s under current first team boss Rob Page against Albania in 2019.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “Kelland is a player we have been aware of for many years and we are delighted to finally capture his signature. In this regard I would like to take the opportunity to thank Carmarthen for their professional approach on this transfer.

“Like many others Kelland, has endured a tough couple of years due to Covid but I firmly believe he’s joined the right environment to continue his development and growth. His age, style of play and approach to football suits us and he’s a great addition to the squad.”

Marcus Day: “I just can’t wait to get going!”

Following confirmation of Marcus Day’s arrival at Jenner Park, we caught up with the winger to get his thoughts on the move.

Hi Marcus, welcome to Barry Town. How pleased are you to have got the move done?

“I’m delighted. It’s a good club, there’s a really good atmosphere around the place and I just can’t wait to get going!”

You played against us for Bristol Manor Farm a couple of weeks ago, what was it that attracted you to the club?

“It was a good game and a tough test and I really enjoyed playing against Barry. I liked the way you guys played football and thought that it would really suit me. I then spoke to Gav and he was very keen to help me continue to develop and give me opportunities, and for a young player like me that’s all that really matters.”

You’ve also been training with the squad for the last week or so and played in the friendly over Undy at the weekend. How did you find that?

“Really good. It was very hot at the weekend which was a tough test and I played right-back which isn’t my natural position, but I really enjoyed it. It was great to be involved and get a taste of what the club is like.”

Looking at your career so far, you started out in Bristol City’s academy. How did you find that as a starting platform?

“Yeah, brilliant. I was there from the age of 13, so I really learnt the philosophy of the club as I grew up and found out what it takes to be a footballer.”

You’ve spent the last year at Bristol Manor Farm. How did you find that?  

“For a young player like me, all you need is minutes in men’s football to learn and get better, and that’s exactly what I did last year at Bristol Manor Farm. I feel I developed as a player and enjoyed my time there.”

For fans who might not know too much about you, what sort of player are you and what do you hope to bring to the team?

“I would say I’m a clever, jinky player. I like to get on the ball, make things happen and hopefully get goals and assists.”

Finally do you have any message for the fans?

“I’m glad to be here and can’t wait to get started!”

#MarcTheDay | Barry Town sign Marcus Day

Barry Town United are pleased to announce the signing of winger Marcus Day from Bristol Manor Farm, subject to international clearance.

Day began his career in the academy of hometown club Bristol City at the age of 13, rising up through the ranks to star for the club’s Under-23 side and also enjoying a spell on loan at local non-league outfit Paulton Rovers.

In pursuit of first team football, he departed Ashton Gate last summer and signed for Bristol Manor Farm in the Southern League Division One South, quickly becoming a popular player at The Creek.

The 20-year-old stood out in our 1-0 friendly win over Bristol Manor Farm earlier this month, and he has since been training with Gavin Chesterfield’s squad and featured in our 4-1 victory over Undy Athletic last weekend when he showed his versatility by playing out of position at right-back.

Now he has agreed a deal to become a Barry player and test himself in the Cymru Premier for the first time.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “Marcus comes with a good pedigree and is an exciting wide man who really impressed in our friendly against Bristol Manor Farm. In that regard I would like to thank Bristol Manor Farm for the class they have shown in dealing with this transfer and wish them the very best for the season ahead.

“Marcus is a young player with a lot of promise. He is a tricky winger who will bring much to our style of play. He’s integrated well into the team over the past week and we are excited to see him develop further.”

#AronArrives | Barry Town secure signing of Aron Davies

Barry Town United are pleased to announce the signing of defender Aron Davies.

Born in Cardiff, Davies is a former Welsh youth international at U16, U17 and U19 level and plays as a centre-back.

He began his career in Bristol City’s academy before moving to Fulham in 2015. Davies was made captain of the Under-18 side in his first full season in West London and was also part of the Under-19 team that finished as runners-up in the Dallas Cup.

As he progressed through the ranks at Craven Cottage, Davies made 67 appearances in total for the club’s Under-23 side and regularly trained with the first team squad. He also experienced senior football for the first time on loan at Maidstone United.

The 23-year-old departed Fulham in the summer of 2019 and has spent the last two years in the English non-league system with Maidenhead United and Redditch United. Now he makes the move to Jenner Park to play in the Cymru Premier for the first time.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “I’m delighted to welcome Aron to the club. Aron joins us with an excellent pedigree and coaching background and I’m looking forward to integrating him into the squad at training next week.”

Jamie Bird: “This feels like the perfect move”

Following confirmation of Jamie Bird’s arrival, we caught up with the midfielder to discuss the move.

Hi Jamie, welcome back to Barry Town. How pleased are you to have got the move done?

“I’m really happy to be back. I’m delighted to be working with Gav again because I feel like he got the best out of me. I was injured for the start of the season and then when I got back fit we went back into lockdown, so I’m buzzing to get back playing again.”

You spent with us on loan in the 2015/16 season. What made you want to come back?

“As I say, a lot of it is down to Gav. He’s really professional and I believe he can get me back playing the way I was a few years ago and get my game back in order. My short period at the club before was probably when I was at my best, so this feels like the perfect move. I’m hungrier than ever to play football.”

What are your memories of your loan spell with us?

“I was great. It was my first time playing in a senior environment, so it was a fantastic experience for me and I really enjoyed it.”

For fans who might not know remember you from your loan spell, what sort of player are you and what do you hope to bring to the team?

“I’m an energetic box-to-box midfielder. I like to score goals, create chances and get forward.”

What are your ambitions for the rest of the season?

“As a team, the aim has to be to qualify for Europe again and I think that’s definitely achievable. On a personal level, I want to get back fit and firing and return to my best.”

#BirdIsTheWord | Jamie Bird returns to Barry Town

Barry Town United are pleased to confirm the signing of Jamie Bird from Bristol Manor Farm.

Bird returns to Jenner Park six years after an impressive loan spell in the 2015/16 season when the club were in Welsh League Division One.  

The dynamic midfielder was a Cardiff City player at the time, having been with the Bluebirds from the age of seven before signing his first professional contract shortly after his time at Barry.

Bird left the Welsh capital in 2017 and signed for Hereford FC, where he won the Southern League Premier in his debut season. He has since had spells at Merthyr Town, Croesyceiliog and Bristol Manor Farm, but now the 23-year-old has agreed a deal to play in the Welsh top-flight for the first time.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “Jamie has a great pedigree and he was fantastic for us in his spell here before. I’m excited to be working with him and I think he’ll benefit from being part of our culture and training environment. He is a creative player, but a powerful player as well, and will add a different dimension to our team.”

Rhys Kavanagh: “I want to help the team push up the table”

Following confirmation of Rhys Kavanagh’s arrival, we caught up with the striker to discuss the move.

Hi Rhys, welcome to Barry Town. How pleased are you to have got the move done?

“Thanks very much. I’m buzzing to get back into football and this is a great group of lads so I can’t wait to get started.”

You’ve had a difficult couple of years with injury, how excited are you to get back playing again?

“I can’t wait. I’ve been training over the last couple of weeks and it’s been really good, now I’m just looking forward to hopefully getting some gametime.”

You spent three years at Bristol Rovers before leaving last summer. How did they help you with your development?

“It was massive. It was a great experience being around such a good group of players and it really helped me.”

Having spoken to Gavin Chesterfield, how did he convince you to sign?

“Gav has really given me a lot of confidence. I believe we can work together really well and hopefully I can bring something to the table for him.”

For fans who might not know too much about you, what sort of player are you and what do you hope to bring to the team?

“I’m an attacking player, so hopefully I can score some goals! I want to try and bring something different to the attack.”

What are you ambitions for the rest of the season?

“I want to help the team push up the table and see how high we can get.”

#KavThat | Barry Town sign Rhys Kavanagh

Barry Town United are pleased to confirm the signing of striker Rhys Kavanagh.

A product of Newport County’s academy, Kavanagh helped the Exiles’ Under-18s win the EFL Youth Alliance Merit League One in 2016-17, scoring  28 goals in 32 appearances along the way.

That summer, he was snapped up by Bristol Rovers, signing his first professional contract at the Memorial Ground and joining the club’s development squad.

Kavanagh impressed in his appearances for the Pirates’ youth sides, and also enjoyed loan spells with Hungerford Town, Bath City and Gloucester City.

However he has unfortunately struggled with injury in recent years, and was forced to retire from professional football last summer when his contract at Bristol Rovers came to an end. However, he expressed his desire to continue playing and now the 22-year-old has agreed a deal at Jenner Park.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “Rhys is an exciting player that I’ve known about for a long time. We feel like we could be a good match for each other and I’m excited to see what he can do. He knows many of our current squad and he’ll add a different attacking dimension to us.”