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Transfer window watch: Albion striker set for exit

The Argus: George Barker is set to join Swindon Town after failing to force his way into contention at Albion George Barker is set to join Swindon Town after failing to force his way into contention at Albion

George Barker’s Albion nightmare is about to end with a move to Swindon Town.

The fringe striker is poised to join the League One play-off candidates in a permanent deal.

He will link up again at the County Ground with former Albion development squad team-mate Yaser Kasim and ex-development coach Luke Williams, who is now No.2 to Mark Cooper at the Wiltshire outfit.

Barker has never started a match for Albion’s first team. He made three late substitute appearances under Gus Poyet last season after struggling for game time during a loan spell at Barnet.

The 22-year-old has also been unable to make a breakthrough since Oscar Garcia took over from Poyet in the summer. His only appearance for the Spaniard was as a late substitute in the home defeat by Nottingham Forest at the start of October.

Barker recently returned to Albion from another loan stint with League Two newcomers Newport County, where he had two outings as a substitute.

The pacey, Portsmouth-born prospect joined Albion’s youth set-up in 2008 following spells at Fareham and Southampton.

Last May Barker was one of four players found not guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage woman in a Brighton hotel room.

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10:33am Tue 7 Jan 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

It was always going to be difficult for George to break into the first team here.
Work hard and take your chance when it comes George. There are plenty of players who have not done it at one club but gone onto better things at another. Good luck at Swindon.
It was always going to be difficult for George to break into the first team here. Work hard and take your chance when it comes George. There are plenty of players who have not done it at one club but gone onto better things at another. Good luck at Swindon. Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 14

10:37am Tue 7 Jan 14

Gee Jay says...

The lad hasn't been able to make the step up to first team football with Albion, and if Oscar is not convinced, he is better off moving to a club where he might get a better chance.
I don't know what sort of money these lads are on, but if it frees up some money for another young guy who can make it through to the first team, then surely it is a good move for all concerned.(and George gets a fresh opportunity for first team football with another club).
The lad hasn't been able to make the step up to first team football with Albion, and if Oscar is not convinced, he is better off moving to a club where he might get a better chance. I don't know what sort of money these lads are on, but if it frees up some money for another young guy who can make it through to the first team, then surely it is a good move for all concerned.(and George gets a fresh opportunity for first team football with another club). Gee Jay
  • Score: 7

10:47pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Bucket feet Duffy says...

move on George but take heart look at what happened to Zamora !
move on George but take heart look at what happened to Zamora ! Bucket feet Duffy
  • Score: 2

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