Barry Town United can confirm that Drew Fahiya and Curtis Watkins will both depart the football club this summer.
The long-serving pair leave Jenner Park with everyone’s best wishes, having each played key roles in the club’s many successes in recent years.
Barry-born Fahiya joined the club in 2015 from AFC Rhoose and Watkins arrived the following year after leaving Cardiff City, and both helped the club to the Welsh League Division One title in 2016/17. Fahiya was joint top scorer that season, netting 19 goals.
The two continued to feature regularly in the Welsh Premier League, adapting to the step up as the team finished seventh in 2017/18 before securing Europa League football with a third place finish the season after – a magnificent achievement for two players who had been playing second tier football with the club just two years earlier. Qualification was achieved in a 5-2 win away at Bala Town, a game which Watkins started and Fahiya came off the bench to score the fifth goal.
Centre-back Watkins departs the club having made 97 appearances, scoring three goals, while forward Fahiya featured on 138 occasions, scoring 31 times. Those numbers demonstrate what excellent servants both have been to Barry.
Gavin Chesterfield said:
“Firstly, everyone around the club and especially the changing room will miss two fantastic guys. Both have contributed hugely on and off the field in their time at the club and I know they are very proud of all they have achieved in a Barry shirt.
“At the respective stages of their careers, whilst I’m sad to lose them both I fully respect their desire to play more football. I wish them both the very best and thank them for all they have done and I know they will never be strangers to our club.”