South Africa international goalkeeper on board at Portadown

Portadown have returned to the international market for another goalkeeper signing with the capture of South African Jethren Barr.

Wednesday, 18th August 2021, 6:38 pm

The Danske Bank Premiership club previously enjoyed great success between the posts with America’s Bobby Edwards over the 2019/20 season and manager Matthew Tipton is relishing the arrival of Barr.

Barr - who has represented South Africa at international level across the under 17s, under 20s and under 23s - will compete for the number one role with another summer signing in Harry Doherty.

“I’m really pleased and excited...it’s no secret that we were looking for two goalkeepers this summer and now that Jethren’s deal is complete I’m more than satisfied with our work in that department this summer,” said Tipton on the official Portadown website. “Harry has obviously come in and has been performing very well.

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Portadown manager Matthew Tipton.

“What I wanted all along was two goalkeepers who could and will challenge each other for the number one shirt so when the opportunity to get Jethren in arose it was one we jumped on.

“He comes to us with a very high pedigree having played in the South Africa Premier League from the age of 17 and represented South Africa at youth level all the way up to u23.

“With Jethren holding a UK passport that was a massive bonus for us as everyone knows the market for goalkeepers within Northern Ireland is very slim currently.”

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