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Welcome, Harry Barclay!

Dunston UTS FC are thrilled to confirm the signing of 19-year-old defender, Harry Barclay.

Barclay was formerly of Newcastle United for over ten years and signed his first professional contract with the Premier League side in July last year.

Now, embarking on a new challenge at The UTS Stadium with Dunston, Barclay cannot wait to get going.

"I have heard some good things about Dunston and, with me not signing for anyone, I thought it would be a good level to start playing at and learn from.

"I think it's the right club for me because it is a team that want to develop young players into playing in the men's game.

"They have given me a good pathway and have explained to me what I could work towards within the rest of the season to start progressing. With playing men's football at a good level, I will learn many things." Barclay said.

Barclay also reflected on his time at Newcastle United where he spent a lot of years involved with the youth setup at the club. He also played over 20 matches for their U21's before an injury threw a spanner in the works for Harry. 

"I enjoyed my time at Newcastle. I learnt a lot of things there however, it was time to move on. It was a good time to leave and to progress into something which will benefit me more than playing U21's football.

"This season, ultimately, I want to get multiple games under my belt, both in league and cup matches. I want to develop as a player moving into men's football and also, I want to gain promotion into the next league. 

"From what I have seen, this team is good enough to do so and our current position in the league shows that." Barclay added.

What can Dunston supporters expect from Jon McDonald's latest recruit? 

"I'd say I am a hard working player who is strong defensively and I will always go the extra mile for myself and the team."

Manager Jon McDonald has also shared his thoughts on his latest addition to what has become a really strong squad.

"Harry has trained with us for a few weeks, and we've been really impressed by him.

"He was a young professional at Newcastle United and sustained an injury at a critical time. We hope that we can continue his development at Dunston as he makes the transition into non-league football." McDonald said.

By Callum Pattison

Image Credit - Beauty Time Photography

Published Tuesday 3rd October 2023