Barry Town United completed their second deal on Deadline Day after completing a deal for Spanish midfielder Joaquin Estirado Rivera from eighth tier outfit, Cardiff Bay FC.
Rivera has acquired an impressive footballing CV thus far in his career. The player started his career in Spain and the 28 year-old has played at professional and semi-professional level in his native country for Badajoz in Segunda División B, the third division of Spanish football.
The midfielder has also represented Don Benito, Santa Amalia and Atlético Pueblonuevo at semi-professional level and is the first Spanish player to join the Vale of Glamorgan outfit since the 1960’s, having acquired the services of Isadora Lafita and Jose Arriola to Jenner Park.
Rivera joined up with the squad on Tuesday after impressing locally for Cardiff Bay in the Cardiff District Premier Division, where he played three games for the Tigers and manager Gavin Chesterfield expressed his delight when speaking to the official Barry Town United website.
🖋Rivera beats the deadline…. @KiniEstirado becomes the final deadline day signing.
3️⃣0️⃣Welcome Joaquin 🙌🏼. Thanks to @cardiffbayfc for their quick support!
— Barry Town United (@BarryTownUnited) 31 January 2018
The Barry manager spoke positively about the new signing and admitted that he will add some much needed creativity to the side as the club aim to climb up the JD Welsh Premier League table in Phase Two of the 2017/18 campaign.
He said: “Joaquin is a technically-gifted player, who will add creativity and composure”.
“At 28, he brings good experience, having played at Segunda and Tercera levels in his native Spain”.
“It will take a little time for him to get match fit, but I’m sure he will adapt to JDWPL football quite quickly.”
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