Harrogate Town snap up a left-back and a goalkeeper on eve of debut EFL season
Harrogate Town have strengthened their squad with two new additions on the eve of their League Two debut.
Boss Simon Weaver's top priority this summer was a left-back and he has finally managed to land one in the shape of Salford City's Dan Jones.
The 25-year-old England 'C' international, who can play full-back or centre-back, arrives on a season-long loan deal alongside goalkeeper Melvin Minter.
“I’m over the moon to finally get the deal done, speaking to the gaffer and to Thirs I couldn’t wait to get it done," said Jones, who is eligible for Saturday's League Two curtain-raiser at Southend United.
“Everything they’ve said, the way they portray the club and the lads I’m delighted to be involved. I want to play as many games as possible and help the lads as much as I can.
"I like to play left-back as I like to get on the ball and get forward. I’m quite quick and like the battle of the one-versus-one.”
Born in County Durham, the 6ft tall defender began his career in the Football League (EFL) with Hartlepool United, before spending time at Grimsby Town, Gateshead and FC Fylde.
He then made the switch to Barrow at the start of the 2017/18 season, racking up more than 75 appearances for the Bluebirds and earning himself a place in the 2018/19 National League Team of the Season.
His form tempted Salford to come calling following their promotion to League Two for 2019/20, though he spent a large chunk of last term back on loan with Barrow.
Twenty-five-year-old Minter has signed a short-term contract and will provide cover for Joe Cracknell while he deputises for Town's injured first-choice stopper James Belshaw.
Minter came through the ranks at Brentford and has played semi-professional football for Hanwell Town, Harrow Borough, Whitehawk FC and most recently Kings Langley in the Southern Football League.
spent two seasons at Barrow before joining the Ammies following their promotion to League Two for 2019/20.
last season, then being sent back to Holker Street on loan for the remainder of the campaign.