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Michael Jolley On Hat-Trick Of Signings

19 January 2021

Barrow boss Michael Jolley reacts following a busy Monday which saw three new players arrive at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.

Michael Jolley had a busy but hugely productive Monday as he clinched the signings of three new players to add to his Barrow squad for the second half of the season.

Fans were delighted as the day began with young winger Dan Bramall arriving on loan from Barnsley before experienced defender Tom Davies checked-in on loan from Bristol Rovers shortly afterwards.

Then, just as it looked as though business was done for the day, Jolley once again came up with the goods as he swooped to clinch a stunning deal to bring attacking midfielder Ollie Banks in on a permanent transfer from Tranmere Rovers.

We caught up with the Bluebirds boss on the phone on Monday evening to get his reflections on a good days’ work and find out more about the new recruits.

Fans can listen to the interview with Michael Jolley in full by signing-in to iFollow Barrow now.

Jolley on Dan Bramall:

“He’s a really quick, attacking player who predominantly plays as a winger, but he can play further inside or as a central striker as well. His outstanding characteristic will be his pace though because he’s very fast. He’s done really well in Under-23s football with Barnsley and he’s had a good footballing education at Everton before that so we’re looking forward to seeing what he can bring.”

Jolley on Tom Davies:

“I think the only reason we’ve been able to get him is because he’s had a tough time with injuries, and he’s missed some football. For that reason, he’s become available for loan and I know that quite a few clubs wanted to take but we’re really pleased he’s chosen to join us. He brings leadership, quality and experience to the defence, he will help the younger players around him and he’s another in the mould of Neal Eardley who I think will be a really reliable performer for us.”

Jolley on Ollie Banks:

“Ollie has been promoted out of this division with Tranmere in the recent past so he’s a guy who knows his around the league really well. He’s played for some big clubs at this level and done well so he’s somebody we feel can add to what we’ve got. He’s a creative player who is very good in possession; he wants to get on the ball and make the team tick and he is also capable of scoring spectacular goals. He’s a good character, another we’ve done our research on, and I think he will bring a lot to the changing room and the team when he plays.”

Jolley on the backing from the Board:

“Credit has to go to the Board, the Chairman and the people who run the Club. It’s one thing for a Manager to identify the players, but then it has to be backed to get the signings completed. It’s come good in terms of getting the right deals for the players who we wanted so I have to thank the Board for that. I would also like to thank the supporters – I am happy that they’re excited about the players coming into the squad to add to the good ones we already have. Stick with us as we move forward because we might not be finished yet.”

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