Barnstaple Town sign Paulton Rovers defender Craig Allan

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Barnstaple Town have signed Paulton Rovers defender Craig Allan.

MANAGER Barry Yeo is delighted to have signed defender Craig Allan and said he “fits the bill”.

Allan spent the majority of the season at relegated Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division side Paulton Rovers, but made a handful of appearances for Barum at the back end of the season. From the end of November until the beginning of April, the centre-back started just four games for Rovers. He did, however, play six games for them in April.
But Yeo swooped early to sign his man.

“I wanted to get it done as quickly as possible,” said Yeo. “We tried getting him at the beginning of last season but he wanted to play at the level he was (Southern League).

“We let him go and crack on with that because he deserved to play at that level. “He is raring to go and it will be great to see him in a Barnstaple Town shirt next season. “Craig was one we were desperate to get in so we are delighted to get him in early – he fits the bill for us.”

It is not the first time Allan and Yeo – who hinted at “one or two” further additions – have worked together. While managing Ilfracombe Town, Yeo brought Allan in to the then Western League club so knows the attributes he is getting. “He will bring a lot of pace, quality and height” said Yeo. “Hopefully he will give us that little bit more experience as well. “When I brought him into the Western League, he was very raw but he had all the attributes to be a top-quality centre-back. “He is always willing to learn, loves the game and has improved a lot so he is going to be a great addition for us. “He brings all the qualities you are looking for.”

Allan will likely face former employers Paulton next season with Barnstaple in Division One South and West.

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