Crawley swoop for Barnett

Striker looking forward to new challenge after leaving Macclesfield

Barnett: Looking forward to playing for Crawley after impressing for Macclesfield last season

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Crawley Town have swooped to sign striker Tyrone Barnett from League Two rivals Macclesfield Town for an undisclosed fee. revealed Crawley's interest earlier this month and they have now concluded the deal.

Barnett only joined Macclesfield Town last summer from the non-league ranks and he is relishing the chance to play for Steve Evans' side.

"I am delighted to be joining such an ambitious club," Barnett told the club's official website. "The facilities on offer are fantastic for a player at this level and I cannot wait to get started.

"I enjoyed my time at Macclesfield but the time was right to move on and I have joined a good club.

"Steve Evans spoke to me in depth about what my role in the team would be but he made it clear I had to fight for my place."

Great signing

The forward, who scored 13 goals for the Silkmen last season, becomes Evans' sixth signing of the summer since Crawley won promotion to the Football League.

Evans added: "Tyrone is a great signing for us. The lad had a brilliant season and we have watched and analysed him for around six months so you can say we know enough about him.

"He is magnificent in the air and has a great touch for such a big lad. Tyrone acknowledges and respects that he will have some serious competition for a place in the starting XI.

"However, that is the same for every player at Crawley Town. Tyrone gets all sorts of goals and that is the sign of a top-class striker at whatever level they play."

Barnett's agent Darren Bossons of McHale Sports said: "Tyrone was exited at the prospect of joining such an ambitious club as Crawley.

"He would, however, like to express his sincere gratitude and thanks to Mike Rance, Gary Simpson and his staff for giving him his opportunity in league football and allowing him to move on to Crawley once it was clear this was what he wished to do."