Following confirmation of Lee Idzi’s arrival, we caught up with the experienced goalkeeper to discuss the move.
Hi Lee, welcome to Barry Town. How pleased are you to have got the move done?
“I’m delighted. It’s a great club with a really good history and I can’t wait to get started.”
You join the club after six and a half years at Carmarthen. What made you want to make the move?
“It’s been a funny old year with Covid and delays to the Cymru South starting. Obviously I was hoping to help Carmarthen bounce straight back to the Cymru Premier but that ship has unfortunately sailed due to the current circumstances. This is the perfect opportunity for me to get back playing again.
“It was quite an easy decision in the end really. I know that the club is run really well and it’s a good group of players. Like I say, the history is great, the facilities are great, so it was a no-brainer really.”
You haven’t been able to play at all this season due to the Cymru South not yet getting underway. How excited are you to hopefully get back playing when we’re able to do so?
“I enjoyed the break to begin with, but now I’m refreshed and ready to get going again. I want to work hard and help the team.”
You bring a lot of experience to the squad, having spent the majority of your career in the top-flight, is that experience one big thing you’ll bring to the group?
“Anything I can do to help the younger players in the squad, or help the team get through certain parts of the season, I’ll do it. I’m not far off 400 top-flight appearances so I want to keep building towards that and help people with my experience.”
As a goalkeeper, obviously there’s the challenge of competing for just one spot in the starting XI each week. Are you looking forward to battling it out with Mike?
“Absolutely. Mike’s a great keeper and he’s been in the league a long time as well. I’m sure I’ll push him and he’ll push me so we get the best out of each other. Then whoever plays, plays!”
What are your ambitions for the rest of the season?
“I want to get back fit and firing. I’ll continue my rehab and then hopefully start catching a few balls again! Of course I then want to get in the team and get some gametime.”