A DEFENDER with English Football League experience is the latest to sign for Welsh champions The New Saints, the club has confirmed.

Harrison McGahey has made the cross-border move from Oldham Athletic, currently in the National League, but once of the Premier League.

McGahey, 28, has played for Scunthorpe United, Rochdale, Sheffield United and Blackpool prior to his time at Oldham Athletic, making more than 200 appearances across the English Championship, League One and League Two. 


As a formidable centre-back widely-recognised for both his defensive ability and leadership skills, McGahey is an incredibly strong addition to this season’s squad as the club looks to compete on all fronts across the 2024/25 campaign. 

With the side’s UEFA Champions League qualifying fixtures now just around the corner, McGahey’s ability and experience will give the squad a huge boost in their push to bring European football to Park Hall next season.

He said he was delighted to be joined the Saints: “I’m very excited to have joined The New Saints FC as we look to create history over the 2024/25 season.

“There’s a rich history of success here and I’m hoping I can contribute to bringing future success to the club, both domestically and in Europe.

“I can already see how much quality there is in the squad and I can’t wait to get going.

“There’s a couple of enormous fixtures on the horizon and we need to be well-prepared to make sure we get the result we want.”

TNS boss Craig Harrison, said: “I’ve watched Harrison since December last year and he brings a bit more experience to the group.

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“He’s got a really good pedigree, having played in the English Championship with Sheffield United and other clubs at a really good level, so we’re now looking at a bit more competition in some key areas.

“He can play centre-back, right-back or left-back, even as a deep-lying midfielder as well, so we’ve got a bit of flexibility there – making the squad more flexible is something I’ve tried to do this season. 

“It’s a really good signing and one we’re really pleased to get over the line.”