NEEDHAM Market skipper Rhys Barber has left the club after six years but will look to impress in a Bury Town shirt tonight.
The defender made more than 300 appearances for the Marketmen after becoming one of manager Danny Law’s first signings at the club but has decided to end his time at Bloomfields after failing to agree fresh terms on a new contract.
He will now be given the chance to earn himself a contact with Ryman League Premier Division outfit Bury Town, who he previously enjoyed a stint with, after director of football Trevor Collins confirmed the defender will feature in their pre-season encounter away at Newmarket Town this evening (7.30pm).
“He is playing for us at Newmarket. He will be coming along with us and getting involved in training,” he said.
“Rhys is someone we know very well from when he was previously with us. He is a good lad and will have an opportunity to prove his worth.”
Barber will join up to three new trialists in the match, with Collins revealing talks have stalled with a Conference Premier player and a Conference South player as Bury continue to chase high quality targets.
Meanwhile, reflecting on his captain’s departure, Laws said: “We wish him all the best because he was a fantastic servant for us but now we have to move forwards.
“I’m already actively seeking a replacement and hopefully by the end of this week, if not then next, we will have a number of new faces.”
Meanwhile, Needham have been drawn at home in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy, hosting Gorleson or Stanway Rovers, with the winners facing Concord Rangers, in the FA Cup preliminary round on Saturday, August 25, before welcoming Maidstone United in the Trophy’s preliminary round on Saturday, September 5, with the winners travelling to Margate.
Both Bury Town and Needham Market will find out who they will be facing in their season openers when the Ryman League Premier Division and Division One North fixtures are released later today.
n Bury Town handed testing FA Cup and FA Trophy draws, see page 130.