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Striker Bradley Barraclough wanted by Gainsborough Trinity boss

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 03, 2013

Bradley Barraclough

Bradley Barraclough

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Steve Housham has hinted Bradley Barraclough may not have played his last match for Gainsborough Trinity despite his loan spell coming to an end.

Barraclough signed off with a man-of-the-match performance during Trinity's 3-0 win over Blue Square Bet North high-flyers FC Halifax on New Year's Day, writes Dave Marshall.

And, after watching the striker produce a match-winning display, Trinity boss Steve Housham admitted he would like to see the Lincoln City man back at the Northolme.

"Bradley Barraclough needs a mention because it was the final game of his loan spell," Housham said.

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"He showed the qualities that Bradley Barraclough is all about.

"He was fully fit, which he probably hasn't been during his loan spell because he has had some niggling injuries. And against Halifax he deserved everything he got.

"A goal would have rounded off his afternoon, but I am delighted for him.

"We would love him to stay at Gainsborough, but his loan spell is up. It's a case of looking into that.

"I would love to have him at the club and I think Brad loves it here. He would probably want to come to the club."

Barraclough brought the curtain down on his 93-day loan spell with a thrilling performance in front of a 906-strong New Year's Day crowd at the Northolme.

The 23-year-old was a constant menace to the visitors with his pace and direct running with the ball.

After a somewhat fortunate first goal from Craig Nelthorpe after 52 minutes, it was a typical Barraclough surge into the penalty area which led to the referee pointing at the spot for Terry Hawkridge to score Trinity's second and perhaps decisive goal.

After Darryn Stamp rounded off the scoring with a superb volley 66 minutes in, the result was never in doubt. However, it was Barraclough who received the sponsor's man-of-the-match award.

"Everyone knows I just want to play football," said Barraclough.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Trinity, the lads have been great.

"We have been in great form. Having that winning feeling is second to none really. I struggled a bit at the start of my loan spell due to injuries, I was in and out and it took me a while to get a run of games.

"It's all about getting a run of games and getting that sharpness back. I felt good out there, really sharp, but it has been coming.

"As far as I know my loan is up and I will be going back to Lincoln.

"I am not entirely sure what the situation is with regard to Lincoln, but we will talk about it over the next few days and I will see where I stand."

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