#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.”