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3rd February 2019

Barry Town player signs for EFL League One Team Fleetwood Town

BY: Nathan Spackman

Barry Towns Macauley Southam-Hales has made a deadline day signing for Fleetwood Town.

After attracting interest from a number of other professional clubs, Barry Town have confirmed that Macauley Southam-Hales has completed a medical and signed with Fleetwood Town of EFL League One for an undisclosed fee.

The deal agreed for the popular and talented #21, who turned 23 yesterday (2nd Feb), included a return to Barry on loan for the remainder of the 2018-19 season, subject to international clearance.

Due to a system error, the Club says it is currently awaiting the result of an appeal to verify this loan, which is the reason for the delay in an announcement prior to now.

Macauley arrived at Jenner Park from neighbours Cardiff City on August 2017's Deadline Day, going on to feature in 28 of the next 29 JD Welsh Premier League fixtures in 2017-18, scoring against both Carmarthen and Prestatyn in December's push for a top six spot.

Named as the first team's Players' Player and Young Player of the Season and co-winning the Coors Brewery Player of the Season gong for the highest number of Man of the Match performances, Southam-Hales would continue to impress with his performances across Phase One of 2018-19.

Appearing in 21 of the club's 22 WPL outings to date this term, Southam-Hales would add to his goal haul in the televised win over Newtown at Jenner Park, supplying assists for teammates Mo Touray and Kayne McLaggon and helping us ascend to the dizzy heights of top of the table.

Under the management of Joey Barton, Fleetwood are currently tenth in League One, sitting level with Coventry City on 39 points. 2018-19 marks the Lancashire club's fifth successive season in the third tier of English football, having achieved no fewer than six promotions in a decade.

With the deal to head to Highbury Stadium complete, Southam-Hales becomes the latest Jenner Park favourite to sign with an EFL outfit, following the likes of Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers), Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) and David Forde (Cambridge United).

The club hopes however that its not the last time he has been seen the last of him at Jenner Park yet.

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