BRAINTREE Town have signed attacking midfielder Finlay Barnes.

The 23-year-old has become the Iron's latest signing, after having his contract mutually cancelled at fellow National League side York City with immediate effect earlier this week.

Barnes played six times for the Minstermen, having joined them last summer from Suffolk-based side Leiston FC.

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He also had loan spells at Darlington and Scarborough Athletic, last season.

Barnes featured six times for Quakers and made 21 appearances for the Seadogs, scoring four times.

Barnes told the Braintree Town website: "I didn't play as much as I would have liked to at York but I played a few games and obviously being around a team in a similar league helps me out a little bit with a bit of knowledge and know what's going on in the league.

"I'm ready to be at Braintree now and show everyone what I can do.


"I'm left footed but I like to play on the right, come inside, take shots, crosses, be creative and just try and make things happen really.

"I'll definitely be trying stuff as much as I can - trying to score goals, create stuff for my team-mates, skills, anything I can do to help the team.

"I'll try to get as many goals and assists as I can - I think they're both as important as each other.

"I try not to put numbers on it - I just go for as many as I can."

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Braintree have also signed Inih Effiong.

The experienced striker has joined the Iron from fellow National League side, Dagenham and Redbridge.

The 33-year-old has played for the likes of Stevenage, Notts County and Scottish Premiership side Ross County, during his career.

Effiong told the Braintree website: "Ang (Harrop) put interest in me quite early on after the season.


"I met him and George and after the meeting, I was quite blown away by what they were saying, the ambition of the club and what they're trying to do, this season.

"That sort of attracted me to the place really, because I'm a big believer in having high ambitions but his ambitions weren't going crazy; they were being realistic.

"The infrastructure and stuff that they're trying to do here and how they're trying to build the club around the place, I wanted to be a part of it."

The duo join Ryan Clampin, Marley Marshall-Miranda, James Vennings, George Langston and Kyrell Lisbie in joining the newly-promoted club, this summer.