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Tinkler and Barrow sign for York

By Dan Simmonite | 7th August 2020

Steve Watson has moved quickly to start his summer recruitment with Robbie Tinkler and Scott Barrow joining York City on free transfers. 

Versatile defensive player Robbie Tinkler made 30 appearances in the National League with Aldershot Town last campaign, acting as vice-captain for the Shots, but has favoured a move to York after rejecting interest from elsewhere. 

Scott Barrow joins after rejecting a new contract with National League North rivals Gateshead in June – a club where he had spent the last three seasons and captained the side. 

Watson managed both players in his time at Gateshead and was delighted to link up with his former colleagues again: “If you’ve worked with players before and you’re keen to make them a part of what you are doing it speaks volumes for what I think of them,” said Watson. 

“We are looking at lads who can kick on. We don’t want to be releasing a dozen players every year. What I’m doing is trying to put a squad together to challenge to not only win this league but who I know can compete higher – that's the aim.

“If you look at what Simon [Weaver] has done at Harrogate, that squad has been together for three, four, five years in the making and they have achieved their goal. I don’t want it to take that long but I want to put a squad together that we can build on going forward."


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