Jamie Day, the new manager of Vanarama National League club Braintree Town, continued his squad building with two further signings at the Avanti Stadium.
Joining the club are striker Lee Barnard and left-sided midfielder Craig Braham-Barrett.
Barnard joins the Iron from League Two side Crawley Town.
The 31-year-old started his career as a youngster at Tottenham Hotspur, graduating through the White Hart Lane reserves before making his Premier League debut at home to Manchester United in 2006!
An Essex lad, he then spent two years at our county neighbours Southend United, making seventy-five appearances and scoring 37 goals, before moving on for four years at Southampton, where he scored 23 goals in sixty-two matches.
He then returned to Southend for a further season in the summer of 2014 before spending last season at Crawley.
Has played a total of 246 games in the Premier and Football League.
Day was pleased with his signing: “Lee’s got bags of experience, played plenty of League football and scored nearly 80 goals at that level. He’ll be a great addition to the squad and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Chairman Lee Harding also wanted to thank Braintree legend Alex Revell for his part in recommending both Braintree to Lee Barnard and the player to Braintree: “I got a call from Alex three weeks back, he asked if we were looking for another striker and said that Lee was available after spending last season at Crawley.
Alex said he was a great lad, couldn’t recommend him highly enough to us and said that he’d encouraged Lee to talk to us. We got in touch and he signed. Alex has signed for Northampton this week, but said he never forgets the role Braintree played in getting him going again and I’m sure our paths will cross again in the not too distant future!”
Twenty-seven-year-old Braham-Barrett joins fellow National League side Dover Athletic.
A Londoner, he started his career at Charlton before spells with Peterborough United and a season in the then Conference with Macclesfield Town.
He then enjoyed two years in the League with Cheltenham Town, where he played eighty-eight games.
Last season saw him start at Ebbsfleet United before loan spell at Woking and Whitehawk were followed by the final two months of the season at fifth-placed Dover.
Day was also delighted with securing Braham-Barrett’s signature: “Craig’s played a lot of his football on the left in defensive roles, but I do see him pushing further forward for us. He has great pace and is a very direct player. He knows this level well and League Two and is a player with a bit of a point to prove. He certainly has the hunger I’m looking for.”
Meanwhile, at last Saturday’s National League Annual General Meeting, Braintree chairman Lee Harding was elected to the National League’s Board of Directors.
He joins representatives from Aldershot Town, Bishop’s Stortford, Dagenham & Redbridge, Dover Athletic, Maidstone United, Southport and Worcester City as club representatives on the Board.