Date: 9th July 2015 at 6:00pm
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David Stephens was offered a new contract to extend his stay with Barnet but a deal couldn’t be agreed so it’s recently been confirmed the defender will be leaving this summer.

As the 23-year-old was offered a new contract, even though terms couldn’t be agreed, we’ll be entitled to a compensation payment from the club he eventually does sign for and Martin Allen’s said we’ll be looking for this.

Talks about improving the offer were held but it was decided we couldn’t do this in the end but Stephens leaves with Allen’s praises, commenting on the Official Website he said.

‘David Stephens has rejected the club’s offer of a new contract, and after lengthy discussions with the Chairman last night we have decided not to change the offer.

‘Dave will now not be signing for Barnet and we will be seeking compensation.

‘Dave has been a tremendous player for us and I have really enjoyed working with him. He will always have a special place back here at Barnet and also for me.’

In his three-years with the club, signing in the summer of 2012, the defender made 136 appearances for the club and that included no fewer than 40 starts in our Conference winning season last time round.

Allen was, it goes without saying, sorry to see Stephens leave with him certain he’ll go onto big things in the years ahead but it wasn’t to be.

His exit has opened the door to Michael Nelsen, who has been invited to train with us so he could be offered a deal now.

Adding.

‘Knowing that the negotiations were ongoing and that nothing had been settled, I have invited Michael Nelsen to train with us through pre-season with a view to looking at him for a contract.’

Nelsen would prove a quality, and experienced, replacement and addition to the squad should this come off.

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