Crowe delighted with Barnes signing

Michael Barnes,right, for AFC Fylde in the LFA Challenge trophy final against Chorley
Michael Barnes,right, for AFC Fylde in the LFA Challenge trophy final against Chorley
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Bamber Bridge have pulled off a major coup in signing former AFC Fylde winger Michael Barnes.

The 26-year-old rejected several offers from club’s higher up the football pyramid to sign for the Evo-Stik NPL Division One outfit.

Winger Barnes left Fylde two weeks ago and he becomes Brig’s third summer signing from the Coasters.

He joins midfielder Joe Booth and defender Dave Hankin at the Sir Tom Finney stadium,after the pair left Kellamergh Park at the end of last season.

Barnes, who made more than 250 appearances for Fylde, started his career with Manchester United before having brief stints with Northwich Victoria, Southport and FC Halifax Town.

Speaking about the move, Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe, said: “It shows that we are moving in the right direction.

“Three years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to sign somebody like Michael Barnes.

“I’m delighted with the signing as I am also pleased with Joe Booth and Dave Hankin joining the club.

“The three signings have done their homework, they’ve seen what we are about and they like it.

“This season will be tough but I expect us to be a competitive team.”