Welcome to the Clarets, Finley Barbrook!

Chelmsford City are delighted to announce the loan signing of midfielder, who can also function in defence, Finley Barbrook. The 18-year-old joins on loan from Championship side Ipswich Town. Finlay featured in the Tractors Boys’ FA Youth Cup campaign last season, which saw them get to them Semi-Final, before defeat to eventual winners, West Ham. From midfield, he managed to pick up goals such as a strike against Huddersfield Town in a dramatic comeback after they were 2-0 down. He featured for the first team during preseason, with Town boss Kieran McKenna keen to keep a close eye on him.

Manager Robbie Simpson spoke about the signing: “Ipswich contacted us about Fin and gave him a glowing reference as someone who they wanted to get out of their development and also they felt that he was someone that could help us.

He started out as a centre back and it has only really been recently, the last couple of seasons, that he has also played in midfield. He’s most likely featured more in midfield than he has done at the back but he can certainly play both roles really well.

I’ve spoken recently that we want to look more solid in the middle of the pitch as we’ve been broken on too easily and want a solid base there. Even though we have one of the best defences in the league, in terms of goals conceded, a lot of that has been down too how well our defending has been in last ditch scenarios. Whether that be Josh making a great save, a determined recovery run or a last ditch tackle, we have been excellent at that. I’d like to have less of those moments and I feel like shoring ourselves up in the middle of the pitch will do that.

However, it will also help us sustain attacks and bring about goals. The more control that we have in the oppositions half means we can sustaining attacks when the ball gets cleared through having those people on the pitch to pick the ball up and calm the pass to go on another waive of attack there.

We are delighted to bring Fin to the football club, we are really looking forward to seeing what he can do ad hopefully he can be a big help to us both defensively and offensively.”

Everyone at Chelmsford City is delighted to welcome Finley Barbrook, and we’re all very much looking forward to seeing him in a Chelmsford shirt!

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