Lead singer of Neck Deep joins Rhosllanerchrugog
He’s part of a band which has had millions of views on YouTube, but now Ben Barlow will be playing in the fourth tier of Welsh football.
Barlow who is lead vocals for Welsh band Neck Deep announced on his verified Instagram account of 175,000 followers that he would be playing for the village side. He returns to Welsh football, following a previous playing spell with Penycae, whom the club sponsored.
Rhosllanerchrugog are currently third in the Welsh National League Division One, trailing league leaders Plas Madoc by eleven points.
Ben joins the club having been good friends with Rhos coach Matt Griffiths, after training with the club for a number of weeks.
A statement from Rhos said : “He wanted to get back into playing local football and Matt suggested he comes and takes a look at us and he’s done well in training so far and mixed in great with all the lads.”
Barlow posted on Instagram: “Started playing football again after almost 10 years out.
“Today I signed for Rhos FC. Thanks to @redjeff1977 and @mbgriff94 for taking me on and to all the lads for welcoming me to the squad.
“Looking forward to getting stuck in and hopefully scoring a few screamers over the next few months… and writing a record somewhere amongst it all.”
The band Neck Deep have existed for six years and have released three albums. It is made up of four band members.
In 2014 they won the Best British Newcomer in the Kerrang! Awards.
Neck Deep had 11.1m views on their single ‘In Bloom. This earnt them a second Kerrang! Award for ‘Best Single.’ They also reached 1.6m views on a cover of Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’.
Barlow is not the only Wrexham based footballer to go into music. Cefn Druids’ Jordan Evans is part of the band Faded Strangers.
(Featured Image: Rhosllanerchrugog FC)