Jordan Helliwell

Gainsborough Trinity have announced that former Barnsley defender Jordan Helliwell has signed for the club ahead of the upcoming season.

The 22-year-old becomes the Holy Blues’ second new signing of the summer, following ex-Grantham Town right-winger Sisa Tuntulwana into The KAL Group Stadium.

Helliwell is a versatile player, who operates primarily as a right-back or in the centre of midfield.

He featured a handful of times for Barnsley, including in the SkyBet Championship, and enjoyed loan spells at Stalybridge Celtic, Basford United and Danish second division outfit Esbjerg fB during his time in South Yorkshire.

The Englishman came through the academy ranks at Oakwell, joining the Reds when he was just 10 years old, before going on to make his first-team debut for them during the 2018/19 campaign.

Gainsborough Trinity manager Russ Wilcox
Jordan Helliwell becomes Russ Wilcox’s second new signing of the summer at Gainsborough Trinity. Credit: GTFC

What Have Helliwell and Wilcox Said?

Gainsborough Trinity‘s new man told the club’s website: “When I learned of Gainsborough’s interest, it was an easy decision. After speaking with Russ, it was clear that the club’s goals and vision perfectly aligned with my own ambitions. This felt like the ideal environment for the next chapter of my career.

“For this season, my personal goal is to play as many games as possible while making a contribution to the team’s success. Collectively, our objective is to finish as high up the table as possible, with the ultimate aim of achieving promotion.”

The Holy Blues manager, Russ Wilcox, added: “We are delighted to bring Jordan to Gainsborough Trinity. He’s a player I’ve admired for a few years now. We’ve had to fight off competition to get the deal over the line. He will bring quality and versatility to the group. He’s young and hungry to play at the highest level he can, which is the type of player we want at our football club.”

Trinity kick off their pre-season campaign on Tuesday, July 9, with a trip to Club Thorne.

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