Bradley Barry has become Chesterfield’s first summer signing, penning a two-year deal following his release from Swindon Town.
Barry, 22, is a right-sided defender who was with Brighton & Hove Albion as a youngster before joining Swindon in 2015. He made over 50 appearances for the Robins, turning out 26 times last season.
Barry revealed that a conversation with Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell convinced him that his future was with the Spireites. “The gaffer told me how they’re going to play, which attracted me straight away and gave me the inspiration to come here," he said.
“This club deserves to be in League One. It’s an exciting time for me and I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my career.”
Caldwell, who has been tracking Barry for some time, is delighted to have finally landed him. “I first looked at Bradley when I was at Wigan and he marked Yanic Wildschut as well as I’ve seen anyone mark him,” said Caldwell. “He can play at right-back or as a right wing-back.
“I’ve always been impressed with him when I’ve seen him and I think he’s got great potential. He’s been brought up at a club who play a similar style of football to the style I want to play and I think he’ll fit into the group very well.”
Guy Branston, Chesterfield’s director of recruitment & development, added: “Bradley has a good pedigree. He is quick, good on the ball and defensively sound as well.”