ADAM HINSHELWOOD explained the decision to allow Finlay Barnes to rejoin Scarborough Athletic on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Barnes’s return to Scarborough was announced on Wednesday afternoon after Hinshelwood made the decision to greenlight the loan move, with the 23-year-old finding game time limited under the new management team as of late.

The midfielder has been absent from the last three City matchday squads, with Barnes returning to the club where he had already made 18 Vanarama National League North appearances with the Seadogs, who have struggled for form recently.

Hinshelwood confirmed that Maz Kouhyar’s recent introduction back into the team was a deciding factor in Barnes’s exit, with the City boss keen for the midfielder to gain valuable first-team minutes,

“I thought that with the impact Maz had it was tough. We have to keep our eye over everybody and he will probably feel it is a tough decision to judge him on the one half of football that he had,” Hinshelwood explained.

“You’ve got to make those tough calls in the position that we’re in and I just felt that Maz offered us more, getting his goal as well really helped him.

“He’s a different type of player and I felt that we need Maz’s pace and power at this stage, whilst Finlay needs to be playing football at the age that he is at.

“We needed to get him out and get him playing.

“The way I look at it is that it could be a good next step for him to cut his teeth at that kind of level. To chuck him in into the situation that we are in at the moment might be a tough ask for someone who hasn’t really experienced it.

“Having lads with that kind of experience and have been in this situation before will really help us.”