Barry Town United are delighted to confirm that Evan Press has signed a new contract with the football club.
Having gained his football education in the academies of Cardiff City and Newport County, Evan joined Barry in the summer of 2018, originally as part of the development squad. He made a quick impression at Jenner Park though and was handed his first team debut as a substitute against Newtown in December 2018, going on to make five appearances in total in 2018-19 as we qualified for Europe for the first time in 16 years.
On the day after his 19th birthday, Evan made his full Barry debut against Cliftonville in the first leg of our Europa League preliminary round tie and put in a man of the match performance as we kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw. It was the start of a breakthrough season for the teenager, as he became a regular in the side in both defence and midfield and scored his first goal for the club against The New Saints: a stunning outside of the box strike that secured a famous 1-0 win. That goal won the Edgar’s Gift Champagne Moment at our 2019-20 awards ceremony, while Evan also received Manager’s Young Player of the Season.
More accolades followed last season following another strong campaign in which Evan scored three more goals – two in the 6-2 thrashing of Bala Town and a last-minute winner in the 2-1 victory over Cardiff Met. He was the recipient of the Manager’s Young Player of the Season award once again, in addition to the Supporters’ Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season.
In total, the 21-year-old has made 64 appearances for Barry and scored five goals, and we are very pleased that he will continue at Jenner Park for the 2021-22 campaign.
Gavin Chesterfield said: “I’m delighted to confirm that Evan has signed a new contract at the club. He is a young player who has developed immensely in recent seasons with us and is a well-liked and highly-valued member of our dressing room.
“After attracting much interest off the back of his displays last season, Evan has spent pre-season trialling at Premier League, Championship, League One and National League clubs. While the feedback has been hugely positive, things haven’t turned out the way he, or we, would have liked, but that’s football. As far as he and we are concerned, the journey very much continues here at Jenner Park.”