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Evan Press signs new Barry Town contract

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.”

2020/21 Award Winners Announced!

An informal evening for players and staff was held on Friday 4 June, where our annual awards were handed out for 2020/21. Here are the winners…

Top Goalscorer: Kayne McLaggon

In his fourth season with his hometown club, Kayne was once again our go-to man for goals, with 12 to his name in total. From becoming our first goalscorer in Europe since 2003 to netting a brace in a 6-2 demolition of Bala, he expertly led the line throughout the campaign. 

Edgar’s Gift Champagne Moment: Share a Smile campaign

While there were some memorable moments on the pitch this season, nothing made the club and the town more proud than the ‘Share a Smile’ campaign that took place around Christmas. An amazing £8,500 was raised in total to buy presents for children in the area, and this award is dedicated to Emily, Jess and Jane Barrett and all those who contributed towards the campaign. 

Manager’s Young Player of the Season: Evan Press

Given his mature and commanding displays this season, it is easy to forget that Evan is still only 20 years old. He wins this award for the second year in a row as his development continues to go from strength to strength. We are sure a very successful career awaits.

Players’ Player of the Season: Evan Press

Chosen by his teammates, Evan has been a virtual ever present in our side this season, playing at both centre back and in midfield. He played in all 32 league games and our playoff fixture and chipped in with three goals. One of the most vocal out on the pitch, Evan has encouraged those around him and stepped up with some dominant performances himself.

Supporters’ Player of the Season: Evan Press

Evan’s displays have also cemented his place as a fan favourite this season as his committed and assertive style of play has endeared him to supporters. His dramatic last minute winning goal against Cardiff Met was a rare opportunity to celebrate with those fans who had set up camp just outside Cyncoed Campus. 

Manager’s Player of the Season: Kayne McLaggon

As his goal statistics show, Kayne has been a vital part of the side again this season with his inspirational displays upfront. He has skippered the team on occasions too, emphasising the key role he plays in the dressing room. 

Vote for your 2019-20 Edgar’s Gift Champagne Moment

It may not have finished in the way that anyone expected, but the 2019-20 season still produced many fantastic memories.

Now it’s your chance to vote for your Edgar’s Gift Champagne Moment from the campaign, from a shortlist created by Gavin Chesterfield.

The nominations are…

Jon Hood winning goal vs Penybont

The season got off to the perfect start as we came from behind to beat Penybont 2-1 away from home. Kayne McLaggon had earlier cancelled out Kane Owen’s penalty, before the winning goal was a trademark ‘tap-in’ from Jon Hood. The midfielder smashed home a sensational volley first time when the ball dropped to him on the edge of the box.

Evan Press winning goal vs TNS

We were still unbeaten by the time we visited TNS in late September, and Evan Press’s first goal for the club in the first half kept that run going. The teenager collected the ball on the edge of the box and hammered it into the back of the net. Some excellent and defending and goalkeeping kept the reigning champions at bay at the other end, and we came away with a 1-0 victory.

‘Luke Cooper’ equaliser vs TNS

We returned to Park Hall in March, and once again left with smiles on our faces. After trailing 2-0, Luke Cummings’s goal got us back in the game, before an equaliser came in injury time when a corner was delivered into the box. Luke Cooper ran away claiming it, but whether he got a touch is another matter! Nonetheless, it sparked wild scenes of celebration and proved to be our last goal of the campaign.

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