Bristol Manor Farm forward Jamie Bird has joined Barry Town United on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
Bird joined the Portwaymen originally in the 2018/19 season from Hereford FC, and has since featured for a number of Welsh sides alongside Bristol Manor Farm including Merthyr Town FC and Croesyrceiliog A.F.C.
Due to a knee injury he sustained against Cadbury Heath in the FA Cup, Jamie has only featured twice for the club this season – scoring a penalty in the shootout against Cray Wanderers.
First-Team Manager Lee Lashenko updated the club on Bird’s transfer to Barry Town United.
“Jamie’s a player that we had high hopes for this season, given the excellent pre-season that he had. Unfortunately, early into the season he sustained a freak injury against Cadbury Heath in the FA Cup which meant that he wasn’t able to start the season.
‘It took him a little while longer to get going again, and it was a shame that his comeback match against Thatcham Town was our last before going into another national lockdown. At this moment in time it’s looking unlikely that the Southern League will continue, however with Barry Town competing in Europe and the Europa League the Welsh season has to come to a conclusion.
“Barry Town have come in for Jamie, a fantastic club in his homeland, who are offering him the opportunity to play competitive football from now until the end of the season. It’s beneficial for all parities – as Jamie can get more minutes, Barry Town have themselves a great player, and hopefully we will have a player come back fitter and sharper for when English football returns.
“We’re still primarily involved with Jamie Bird, and we expect him to be a Bristol Manor Farm player next season; but in this moment in time, his concentration has to be a big player for Barry Town.
“Their manager (Gavin Chesterfield) has done everything right by contacting me directly and asking for Jamie’s availability. They hold him in high-regard, and when he’s on-form he can deliver the goods. I know he’s a class act and I believe in him so much. Hopefully we will be working with Jamie again in the not too distant future.”
Bristol Manor Farm FC would like to wish Jamie the best of luck at Barry Town United, and look forward to seeing him back at The Creek when he returns.