is a commanding left-sided 19 year-old centre-back who joined City
on a one month loan spell from League Division 2 side Bristol Rovers
at the start of December, a time when Gloucester desperately need
to find some defensive confidence after consecutive 5-2 and 4-1 home
defeats. Barnes will provide some crucial cover as Lyndon Tomkins
recovers from a hamstring problem and fellow Tigers' stopper Tom Hamblin
misses some games over the Christmas period due to work commitments.
At 6' 2" tall Barnes adds some much needed height and presence
to our recently fragile back-line, but is also encouraginly considered
to be fairly quick and can reputedly pass the ball well of defence.
Is sure to be asked to show some professional discipline to keep the
defence well drilled when put under pressure.
Barnes has long been a highly rated performer on the Bristol youth
football circuit and having been with Bristol City since the age
of 12 many were surprised when he was released from Ashton Gate
having completed his time in their academy sides. Bristol Rovers
were quick to take the youngster across the city and after a few
impressive resrve team outings he was signed on a pro contract.
Although he has yet to make his Rovers debut he featured in several
pre-season matches and is clearly a player with a bright future
who will be keen to show the Rovers management he can compete with
the physical demands of football at Southern League level.