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Ex-Barnsley defender set to join Shaw Lane Aquaforce

Non League Yorkshire reports that former Barnsley defender Neil Austin is set to join Shaw Lane Aquaforce on a short term deal.

Austin is a free agent after not renewing his contract with current club Hartlepool, with whom he has been  for six years. He missed only eight League Two fixtures last season.

The 32-year-old defender has been unable to secure a full-time deal since so Evo Stik Division One South side Aquaforce have stepped in to help him until he gets back into the professional game.

Austin, who made 148 appearances for the Reds between 2000 and 2007, lives down the road from the Shaw Lane sports complex and was born and brought up in the town.

He made his debut for Shaw Lane in the 1-0 win over Bradford (Park Avenue) at the weekend.

Manager Craig Elliott told Non League Yorkshire: “I was speaking to Martin Devaney (another former Barnsley player who Shaw Lane are interested in) and found out Neil had left Hartlepool.

“Contract talks broke down this week with another team so we are looking to do some short term arrangement if we can.

“He’ll bring experience and it is not often that you get a player of that calibre come to you.”

 

 

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