Striker Brad Ash will stay with Weston-super-Mare for the rest of the season, head coach Scott Bartlett has confirmed.

The 20-year-old joined Championship side Barnsley in January, but returned to the Woodspring Stadium on a short-term loan in September.

Ash has notched an impressive haul of 7 goals since his return, leading Bartlett to extend the loan to the end of the season.

After the Seagulls’ 2-1 win at Truro City on Boxing Day, where Ash grabbed a goal and an assist, Bartlett revealed the youngster will be staying in Somerset.

He told the Weston Mercury: “It’s all going through; Brad will be with us until the end of the season.

“Barnsley are delighted with his progress as are we – Brad’s a Weston boy through and through.

“He’s really taken to our ethos and the way we want to play. I think him and Gethyn Hill look like a strong pairing.”

Hill, who the Seagulls recently signed from Cinderford Town for an undisclosed fee, linked well with Ash at Truro and scored the winner 30 minutes from time.

Bartlett hailed the former Wales under-19 international’s abilities when he signed before Christmas.

He said: “Rather than wait until the end of the season we decided as a club to agree a small fee with incentives that will be good for both clubs and of course Gethyn.

“He is a forward with a good frame, a good record, good technical ability, and he is excellent at defending and attacking set plays.

“Gethyn has had a good education at Cardiff and now at Cinderford and we are looking forward to working with him”.


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