Newtown’s new signing of Sam Barnes speaks to the club’s media for the first time since the announcement on Tuesday.
Earlier this week, Barnes became Newtown’s second signing in the January transfer window after departing Cymru Alliance side Bangor City.
The defender’s first game for the Robins could happen this Saturday when we host Connah’s Quay at Latham Park (KO 2:30pm) in our first match of Phase Two in the JD Welsh Premier League.
In his first interview, the former Citizen’s player is delighted to be joining the Robins ahead of a challenging couple of months of the season: “I am delighted to join Newtown, I have been watching the league closely as I wanted to make the step up as soon as I moved over to Welsh football and when the opportunity arrived I felt the club’s targets matched my own and was delighted to get the deal done.”
Fellow Welsh clubs were keen to get Barnes’ signature but it was Newtown that ticked all of the boxes.
Barnes added: “There was a number of clubs who made an offer as obviously Phase Two is massive in Wales but when I spoke to the gaffer I knew it was right for me and I have played against Newtown a few times during my time at Hednesford in pre-season games, so knew it was a good set up and it’s got even better since then with the 3G pitch in place.”
Barnes’ former clubs include the likes of Liverpool, Stockport County, Northwich Victoria and Marine.
When asked what’s it like for a footballer to join a new group of players, Barnes expressed the warm welcoming he has had from his new team mates.
“It’s hard at first as you go from being a vocal part of the dressing room at your previous club to the new guy,” said Barnes, “but to be fair Newtown have some good lads and they have all made sure that I get stuck in straight away and feel welcome.
“I can’t wait to get going to try and help the team finish as high as we can. There are massive games every week but as a player you want to play in them games and I’m no different. So am really looking forward to playing my part to help the team achieve it’s target.”