Hood heads down under

Jon Hood Goodbye

Barry Town United can confirm that Jon Hood has departed the club as he prepares for an exciting new adventure in Australia.

Jon joined Barry from Port Talbot in January 2018, making an immediate impact by scoring on his debut against Aberystwyth Town. Later that season, he netted the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Newtown that secured seventh place in the Welsh Premier League and a Europa League play-off spot.

In his first full season at the club, Jon played a key role in the team finishing third in the table and qualifying for the Europa League. He netted vital goals, including a 97th minute free-kick to equalise against TNS at Park Hall. He would start both European games against Cliftonville and begin the new Cymru Premier season with a stunning winning goal against Penybont.

In total, Hood made 55 appearances for the club and scored 16 goals, most of which came in spectacular fashion. The Jon Hood ‘tap-in’ became a trademark in his two years at Jenner Park, and he arguably could have held his own Goal of the Season competition in 2018-19.

Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Jon’s departure has been something both Jon and the club have planned for since the summer. Whilst we’re sad to lose both his talent as a footballer and his character off the field, he goes with our blessing for his new adventure in Australia. Jon has been fantastic for us since we signed him two years ago and I wish him nothing but the best for the future.” We thank Hoody for all his contributions in a Barry shirt and wish him the very best of luck in his new journey.