Former Exiles loan striker George Barker joins Swindon

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BRIGHTON & Hove Albion striker George Barker has wasted no time in finding a new club after his loan spell at Newport County AFC ended last week.

The 22-year-old has moved to League One promotion hopefuls Swindon Town for an undisclosed fee on an 18-month contract.

Barker made just two substitute appearances for County, at Cheltenham Town and Oxford United, having arrived on loan from the Amex Stadium in November.

On arrival Barker told the Argus he was hopeful of making a big impact at Rodney Parade.

“It’s nice to get some game time and it's a great move for me,” he said in November.

“Now with Christmas and lots of games, I want to help the team as much as I can.

“It’s a great chance for me, all a player wants is a chance to show what they can do and I want to do as well as I can.”

Exiles boss Justin Edinburgh was also optimistic that Barker could contribute, adding: “He’s impressed us in the Brighton development games, he’s been around their first team squad and we hope he enjoys his time here, we’re delighted to have him.”

But Barker played just six minutes at Cheltenham and 23 minutes at Oxford. Both matches ended 0-0.

He has also made four substitute appearances for Albion, including one this season.

“George has worked hard and made good progress with the club, but his opportunities here are limited,” Albion’s head of football operations David Burke told the club website.

Barker, who signed his first professional contract with Brighton in 2010 after coming through Albion’s centre of excellence, also had a loan spell at Barnet in League Two last season before making his first-team debut for the Seagulls in the Championship at Barnsley.

“On behalf of the Albion, I'd like to thank him for his time at the club and wish him well with Swindon and in his future career,” added Burke.

Barker got his Swindon career off to a good start by scoring in Town’s 3-2 defeat to Birmingham City in a development XI fixture on Tuesday.

The striker will go straight into manager Mark Cooper’s match day squad for the visit of Peterborough United in League One on Saturday.

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12:30pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Sheffield Exile says...

Can anyone tell me why Swindon have paid to bring him into a league 1 team chasing promotion yet he couldn't get into the Newport team, especially when the strikers have only scored 1 goal between them since early November?
Can anyone tell me why Swindon have paid to bring him into a league 1 team chasing promotion yet he couldn't get into the Newport team, especially when the strikers have only scored 1 goal between them since early November? Sheffield Exile
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1:27pm Wed 8 Jan 14

chico16 says...

Yes really strange he did not get a start with us, especially with a total drought of goals from strikers.
I wonder where Swindon scouts saw him play in last 3 months ??
Just a little concern why he is viewed so highly at a League 1 club ?
Yes really strange he did not get a start with us, especially with a total drought of goals from strikers. I wonder where Swindon scouts saw him play in last 3 months ?? Just a little concern why he is viewed so highly at a League 1 club ? chico16
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2:33pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Harps62 says...

Total joke.
Pay the chaps wages, hardly give him a kick then send him on his way to a league 1 club for a fee.
Will be looking at Swindons results with interest especially goal scorers.
Total joke. Pay the chaps wages, hardly give him a kick then send him on his way to a league 1 club for a fee. Will be looking at Swindons results with interest especially goal scorers. Harps62
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2:48pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Frankfurt says...

Sheffield Exile wrote:
Can anyone tell me why Swindon have paid to bring him into a league 1 team chasing promotion yet he couldn't get into the Newport team, especially when the strikers have only scored 1 goal between them since early November?
It was on the recommendation of one of their coaches who coached Barker at Brighton and knows him well.
[quote][p][bold]Sheffield Exile[/bold] wrote: Can anyone tell me why Swindon have paid to bring him into a league 1 team chasing promotion yet he couldn't get into the Newport team, especially when the strikers have only scored 1 goal between them since early November?[/p][/quote]It was on the recommendation of one of their coaches who coached Barker at Brighton and knows him well. Frankfurt
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2:56pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

At a time when County desperately needed goalscorers JE still didn't have confidence in him so presumably JE changed his view when he saw the lad in training. It doesn't always work out but JE has a good record of talent spotting so its up to George to prove JE wrong.
At a time when County desperately needed goalscorers JE still didn't have confidence in him so presumably JE changed his view when he saw the lad in training. It doesn't always work out but JE has a good record of talent spotting so its up to George to prove JE wrong. Thomas O'Malley
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4:42pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Frankfurt says...

Thomas O'Malley wrote:
At a time when County desperately needed goalscorers JE still didn't have confidence in him so presumably JE changed his view when he saw the lad in training. It doesn't always work out but JE has a good record of talent spotting so its up to George to prove JE wrong.
It's more likely that Edinburgh didn't want to involve him once he knew that Barker was going to Swindon and wouldn't be staying at County.
[quote][p][bold]Thomas O'Malley[/bold] wrote: At a time when County desperately needed goalscorers JE still didn't have confidence in him so presumably JE changed his view when he saw the lad in training. It doesn't always work out but JE has a good record of talent spotting so its up to George to prove JE wrong.[/p][/quote]It's more likely that Edinburgh didn't want to involve him once he knew that Barker was going to Swindon and wouldn't be staying at County. Frankfurt
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6:18pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Harps62 says...

Frankfurt wrote:
Thomas O'Malley wrote:
At a time when County desperately needed goalscorers JE still didn't have confidence in him so presumably JE changed his view when he saw the lad in training. It doesn't always work out but JE has a good record of talent spotting so its up to George to prove JE wrong.
It's more likely that Edinburgh didn't want to involve him once he knew that Barker was going to Swindon and wouldn't be staying at County.
That doesn't make sense.
He was only on loan, why pay his wages?
Nothing to do with where he might end up later
Blimey could not have done any worse than Danny & Christian during his loan period.
[quote][p][bold]Frankfurt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thomas O'Malley[/bold] wrote: At a time when County desperately needed goalscorers JE still didn't have confidence in him so presumably JE changed his view when he saw the lad in training. It doesn't always work out but JE has a good record of talent spotting so its up to George to prove JE wrong.[/p][/quote]It's more likely that Edinburgh didn't want to involve him once he knew that Barker was going to Swindon and wouldn't be staying at County.[/p][/quote]That doesn't make sense. He was only on loan, why pay his wages? Nothing to do with where he might end up later Blimey could not have done any worse than Danny & Christian during his loan period. Harps62
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8:21pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Frankfurt says...

Yes, it does make sense. If the move to Swindon was not on when County signed him he may have been signed with a view to a longer term deal. Working with a young, inexperienced player who was about to leave may have seemed pointless to Edinburgh once he found out about the Swindon deal. Edinburgh not a fool. There's a reason why he didn't play Barker and that may have been it.
Yes, it does make sense. If the move to Swindon was not on when County signed him he may have been signed with a view to a longer term deal. Working with a young, inexperienced player who was about to leave may have seemed pointless to Edinburgh once he found out about the Swindon deal. Edinburgh not a fool. There's a reason why he didn't play Barker and that may have been it. Frankfurt
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