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Josh Lillis Pens New Bluebirds Deal

22 June 2021

A photograph of Barrow Player Goalkeeper Coach Josh Lillis Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
Barrow Player Goalkeeper Coach Josh Lillis

Josh Lillis has agreed a new two-year contract to remain as the Club’s Player Goalkeeper Coach.

The 33-year-old joined Barrow last summer following his release from Rochdale and combined the role of Goalkeeper Coach with his playing duties.

Lillis offered competition for Joel Dixon throughout the 2020/21 campaign, making two appearances in the Papa John’s Trophy and one in the FA Cup.

With well over 350 senior appearances under his belt during a career which started at Scunthorpe United, Lillis provides huge experience both as a player and a coach on Mark Cooper’s staff.

“Obviously, last year was my first with Barrow and it was a real rollercoaster, but I really enjoyed it,” Lillis told us.

“There are some great people around the Club, and it’s been more of what I have been used to in my career – it’s a tightknit family Club with a good feel about it so I am really happy to re-sign.

“The Chairman and the Board have been fantastic with me during my whole time at the Club and I thank them for that, and you can feel that we're moving in the right direction under their leadership. 

“I am really looking forward to working with the new Manager. I have come across him in opposition a few times over the years and I have always been really impressed with how his teams have conducted themselves, so I am excited by his appointment.

“I have always wanted to go down the coaching route, my father is obviously a coach, so it’s always interested me, and I hope this is going to my career for the next 20 years or more.

“To get the opportunity to get my foot on that ladder with Barrow last year was brilliant and I will continue to provide competition as best as I can and throw my full capacity in to the coaching too.

“I think it’s something which suits the way football is going now that I am able to cover both roles, so I am just really looking forward to getting the new season started now.”


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