Barrow sign Connor Mahoney from Huddersfield and Sam Barnes from Blackburn while Rory Feely extends contract

Rory Feely in action for Waterford Credit: Michael P Ryan (ETPhotos)

Barrow have made moves in the transfer market, announcing the signing of winger Connor Mahoney and defender Sam Barnes, while also extending the contract of Irish defender Rory Feely.

Rory Feely Extends Contract

Irish defender Rory Feely has extended his contract with Barrow AFC for another year, with an option for a further year.

Feely, who joined the Bluebirds from Bohemian FC in January 2023, has been a crucial part of the team, making 43 appearances over the past 18 months.

“I’m very excited to be here again,” Feely said. “I really enjoyed my last 18 months here, so I’m looking forward to another positive year at Holker Street. We’ve got a real tight group here, and I can’t wait to get back in and push on from last season and go one better.”

Sporting Director Iain Wood praised Feely's unique contributions, saying, “While the summer transfer window has developed, it became clear to us that Rory still had something unique to offer the squad. So, I'm delighted to see him stay and develop his game further under Stephen [Clemence] and the new look team.”

Connor Mahoney joins Barrow

Barrow have signed winger Connor Mahoney on a two-year deal following the expiration of his contract with Huddersfield Town. The 27-year-old winger reunites with manager Stephen Clemence, with whom he had a successful stint at Gillingham last season, contributing 13 goals.

Mahoney brings a wealth of experience from the Championship, having played for clubs such as Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, and Millwall.

“I’m delighted to be here,” Mahoney said. “It’s been in the pipeline for a few weeks, and I’m excited to be here and look forward to working with the Gaffer again.”

Sam Barnes signs from Blackburn Rovers

Barrow have also signed defender Sam Barnes from Blackburn Rovers. The 23-year-old has agreed to a one-year deal with an option to extend for another year.

Barnes spent 12 years at Blackburn, progressing through the youth ranks to make his first-team debut in a Carabao Cup victory over Walsall last season. Despite limited appearances due to injury, Barnes is known for his ball-playing ability and physical presence on the field.

“I think it’s the right time in my career to make a fresh start and it’s the perfect club for me to make this fresh start at,” Barnes said. “I’m really happy to be here, I think it’s a fantastic club to sign for, and I’m really excited to get it over the line.”