Barrie has experienced glorious highs and real lows during his time at Mariners Park.
Capable of playing at right-back or in the centre of midfield, the 2015-16 season looks set to be his defining campaign.
For the second year running, he swept up in the club’s end-of-season awards, being voted the Supporters’, Players’ and Club’s Player of the Year.
His wholehearted and all-action displays, featuring marauding runs down the right flank and repeated shows of passion, won him a place in the hearts of all at Mariners Park.
He had been through so much before, that, though, including a relegation season and the club’s enforced move from Mariners Park to Peterlee.
Despite struggling at times with a groin problem, Barrie stuck with the club during its two-year spell in Peterlee – captaining the team for one period – and was rewarded for that loyalty when Shields came home in the summer of 2015.
He was one of the key figures in the 2015-16 Northern League Division Two title win, and continues to be as popular as ever at Mariners Park.
Robert is in his second spell at Mariners Park, having started his Northern League career with Shields as a teenager.
The classy midfielder burst onto the scene with energetic box-to-box displays, and quickly caught the eye during his first spell.
That earned him a move to Gateshead, and he then went on to represent Blyth Spartans, Sunderland RCA, Shildon and West Auckland Town before joining Spennymoor Town in the Evo-Stik League.
After six months with Spennymoor, Robert opted to return to Shields, and then played an important role as the Mariners won the Northern League Division Two title in the 2015-16 season.
Among his career highlights so far has been a run to the FA Vase final with West Auckland in 2014.
Along with future Shields team-mates Daryll Hall and Lewis Galpin, Robert lined up at Wembley in the final against Sholing.
West Auckland went on to lose the match 1-0, and the following season, they battled for the Northern League title before slipping away following Robert’s departure midway through the campaign.