Josh Granite Leaves Barrow After Callum Gribbin Joins From Sheffield United


Josh Granite, the 2019/20 Barrow AFC club captain, has found himself a new club. He has joined Buxton, less than a month after his release from Barrow.

Josh Granite Leaves Barrow After Callum Gribbin Joins

Granite Was a Rock for Barrow

Granite was a fans’ favourite at Barrow. He signed for the Cumbrian club in May 2018 from Ashton United. At the time, Barrow were a club who could only dream of regaining their lost English Football League status.

However, his defensive displays during the 2018/19 season helped the club finish in mid-table in the National League. From there, the club pushed onwards and claimed the 2019/20 National League title. With this title, came a promotion to the EFL – an EFL return that took 48 years.

Unfortunately, Granite missed most of the 2019/20 season through injury. Although, he made just eight appearances last season, one will forever stay in the minds of Barrow’s supporters.

Going Through the Pain Barrier

A good captain should always lead by example. Granite certainly did this during a game against Sutton United in November 2019. An injury to Jason Taylor had already reduced Barrow to 10 men when – having used all their substitutes – Granite suffered a dislocated shoulder and a fractured collarbone.

Remarkably, Granite opted to continue playing in the match. Barrow would have been reduced to just N players had he not done so. His heroic actions were lauded by Barrow’s supporters, especially as Barrow eventually won game 1-0.

Granite, after his release from Barrow, found the time to praise the club’s fans. Speaking to The North West Evening Mail, Granite said: “I’ve spoken to quite a lot of people who made my time special at Barrow and I’d like to thank them, wish them well.”

Quite a Drop

His Barrow team-mates will play in League Two next season. Meanwhile, Granite will feature in the Northern Premier League. This is the seventh tier in the pyramid of English football.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2019/20 Northern Premier League season was declared void. This was in spite of roughly 75% of the matches having already taken place. At the time of the suspension, Buxton were 18th in the table. 

Callum Gribbin Joins

The news of his departure comes after Callum Gribbin made the move to Holker Street.

The 21-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the League Two club after joining from Sheffield United.

Gribbin began his career with Manchester United. However, recurring injuries halted his progress at Old Trafford. Subsequently, he was released by the Red Devils.

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