MacGillivray set to depart the CNG as Barnes arrives at Town

Phil Barnes has signed for Harrogate Town
Phil Barnes has signed for Harrogate Town
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Harrogate Town have signed an experienced goalkeeper in the form of Gainsborough Trinity’s Phil Barnes, as impressive stopper Craig MacGillivray looks set to leave the CNG Stadium within days.

The young goalie is likely to sign on the line for a league club, confirmed by boss Simon Weaver.

He said: “Craig is expected to leave in the next couple of days as a league club has approached both him and us. Negotiations are at an advanced stage and we are just awaiting the paperwork to be completed. We will release more information when we are able to do so.”

Rumours are also afoot that ex-Trinity striker Ryan Kendall has left North Ferriby United and the 24-year-old is likely to sign for Town this week.

Meantime, his former colleague Barnes brings with him a wealth of experience, having started his career at Rotherham before moving to Blackpool in 1997 where he helped them win the Division Three play-offs and the Football League Trophy twice.

He was part of the Sheffield United team that reached the Premiership in 2005-2006 before moving to Grimsby Town in 2006.

On joining Town, the 35-year-old said: “I’m absolutely made up to be a part of the club, all I want to do now is get started. I met Simon and his ambition, the way the club is set up and the way it wants to head is what I want. It is a club that wants to go forward and I wanted to be a part of that It had been a tough season at Gainsborough and I was surprised to be asked to meet Simon, but after hearing what he said about the club and his plans, I jumped at the opportunity to join.”

Barnes brings with him a wealth of experience, having started his career at Rotherham before moving to Blackpool in 1997 where he helped them win the Division Three play-offs and the Football League Trophy twice.

He was part of the Sheffield United team that reached the Premiership in 2005-2006 before moving to Grimsby Town in 2006.

Town manager Simon Weaver said: “Phil has been outstanding against us in every game I have seen him play. He is a very vocal goalkeeper who will command his area and defence. He is a first rate shot stopper and I am sure that the players and fans alike will soon take Phil to their hearts.”