Former Huddersfield Town winger Connor Mahoney speaks out after sealing Barrow move

Huddersfield Town winger Connor Mahoney admits he is “excited to get started” with his new club upon completing his move to Barrow.

The 27-year-old has joined the League Two outfit on a two-year deal following his release from the Terriers. Mahoney has made the switch to a side that finished eighth in their division last term, with the Bluebirds ending the season just a point outside the play-off places.

The Cumbrian outfit have since parted company with manager Pete Wild, and have appointed former Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City and Leicester City midfielder Stephen Clemence as their new head coach.

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Clemence was in charge at Gillingham last season, where Mahoney was on loan, and the winger is pleased to have the opportunity to link up with his former boss for a second spell.

Speaking to his club’s website after completing his move last week, Mahoney said: “I’m delighted. I came up this morning, got everything sorted, and I’m just excited now for what the future holds.

“It’s been in the pipeline for a few weeks I think. Obviously with the relationship I’ve got with the gaffer, having him last season at Gillingham, we’ve kept in contact ever since then.

“The last few weeks have gone by and we’ve just kept in contact, and we’ve finally got a deal over the line, and I’m just excited to be here and to be working with him again.

“I know what he expects from me and from the team, and I know what to expect from him as a manager and as a person. It was a big factor for me to come here and to play for him again, so I’m excited.

“I had a couple more options, but me and the gaffer spoke open and honestly about what we want from this season, personally and what the club wants, and both of our aspirations kind of aligned. I’m obviously here now and delighted to get it done, and I’m just excited to get started.”

Mahoney spent two years with the Terriers after joining the club from Millwall, but the winger made just 11 first-team appearances for Town in all competitions.

Ten of those were made in his first season, but the forward was then sent out on a season-long loan to Gillingham last term. Mahoney featured 42 times for the Gills and netted seven goals, as his loan side ended the League Two campaign in 12th place.

Having experienced a lack of game time at his previous two permanent clubs, the winger is eager to continue kicking on with his new team after featuring regularly for Gillingham last time around.

Discussing his aims for the upcoming season, Mahoney said: “Just to get back playing again as I did last season, and try and score as many goals and create as many goals as I can, and to get Barrow where they want to be.

“Obviously last season, they just missed out on the play-offs, and I think with a few more additions and a different style of play maybe from the manager, we can hopefully get to where we want to get to by the end of the season, and hopefully it’ll be a successful one.”

On what he’ll bring to his new side, he added: “I’m just an attacking winger who wants to get on the ball. I just create a lot of chances, kind of drop deep and try and dictate play sometimes, but also be a bit of a goal threat, and set-pieces are a big thing for me. I’ll just kind of give a good outlet for the team, and be a positive influence up the top end of the pitch.

“I’ll hopefully get out onto the pitch in a couple of weeks time and meet the fans, and I’m just excited to get going and get playing now.”