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FOOTBALL - Leamington bring in veteran striker Tyrone Barnett

Leamington Editorial 23rd Jun, 2023   0

LEAMINGTON have signed experienced striker Tyrone Barnett as the 37-year-old links up with former boss Paul Holleran at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium.

Barnett spent the bulk of his career in the Football League with the likes of Macclesfield Town, Crawley Town, Peterborough United, Shrewsbury Town and Cheltenham Town.

The striker moved to then Championship side Peterborough for more than £1 million pounds in May 2012 having started his career under current Brakes boss Holleran at Rushall Olympic in non-league.

Barnett said: “It seems I’ve done a complete circle in my career. The chance to work with Paul again was crucial.

“I am currently completing my UEFA B coaching licence, so working with Chris [Knott] is vital in that sense.

“I’m very much looking forward to it. I’ve not played alongside any of the Leamington lads before, but have come across many of them in my career.

“I can’t wait to get started – I’m glad there’s only a week to go until the start of pre-season.

“Hopefully with my experience I can help the younger players score goals and become better players all round, but ultimately I will be trying to score as many as I can myself to get wins for Leamington.

“The gaffer has mentioned there is some real talent at the club, and playing against them last season I could see lots of potential. I think this season is going to be something special.”

Holleran added: “Tyrone played for me many many years ago, and has gone on to have a fantastic career.

“I thought he was good for Hereford last year, and he was a player that we listed, knowing that we wanted one of our number nines to be a focal point, because we’ve certainly missed that over the last couple of years for different reasons.

“As well as coming in to be a first team player, Tyrone is also going to be working alongside Chris Knott at the academy as well, so that will be good for the young lads.

“He’s a great story, Tyrone, he came through local football and worked his way up to have a great career and was involved in million pound transfer moves.

“It’s a really pleasing signing for us. I know the character of the lad – he’s a real good kid, and he’ll be a real help to some of the younger players in the squad as well.

“On top of everything, I know that his performance levels are still right up there. He’s in great condition, looks after himself, and plays a lot of games every season.

“We’re really really delighted to get him on board. We look forward to working with him and spending time with him.”

Barnett hit double figures for National League side Eastleigh in 2019/20 and 2020/21 and found the net nine times last season for Hereford in the National League North.


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