Thunderbirds Sign BarclayJul 16, 2020
(July 16, 2020) Halifax, NS – The Thunderbirds announced today that they have signed James Barclay to a one-year deal.
“I can’t wait to get back to Halifax for another year,” said Barclay. “Last year was an incredible experience for all of us and I can’t thank the fans and city of Halifax enough for the reception we got in year one. I’m looking forward to pick up where we left off last year and get the job done!”
Barclay completed his second season in the National Lacrosse League. He played in 11 games, scored 2 goals and picked up 54 loose balls.
“Barclay is the type of player who always shows up ready to play," said Owner and General Manager Curt Styres. "Silent, but no matter the situation, you can count on him to be at his very best.”
In 2019 he was named the team’s Rookie of the Year. Barclay scored his first professional goal on March 31, 2019. The Toronto native made his professional debut and notched his first professional point/assist on December 29, 2018.
Prior to the National Lacrosse League, Barclay played four seasons of collegiate lacrosse at Providence College. He was an integral member of the Friars’ defensive unit, appearing in 62 games and collecting three assists and 112 ground balls while causing 56 turnovers. He played a significant role in the Friars’ 2017 BIG EAST Championship run, where the team made program history with its second-consecutive BIG EAST Tournament appearance and first BIG EAST Championship game appearance.