Date: 23rd September 2012 at 10:24am
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Barnet have signed former Premier League, and Dutch international, striker Collins John.

On the strikers arrival, as he told the official website, Mark Robson said: ‘Naturally I am delighted that a player of Collins John’s ability has signed for the club and he is back in the English game where he made his name.

‘He is a strong, powerful centre-forward and that will certainly help the younger players around him and undoubtedly he’ll be of great asset to the team. The next few weeks now will obviously be important in terms of getting him match fit.

‘I’d also like to say that without the active involvement of the Chairman this deal would in all likelihood not have taken place.’

International clearance is needed to 100% confirm the signing of the 26-year-old but now that the striker is “more experienced” and “older” he is looking forward to getting involved in the English game again: ‘I am happy to be back in England, I enjoyed my time at Fulham, and now I am older, more experienced and excited to be playing in the English league.

‘I was offered the chance to play for Barnet and I just grabbed the opportunity especially as I love the style of English football which I have missed. The training facilities at The Hive are amazing.

‘I’ve learnt a lot from being at Fulham and from my other clubs and although I am only 26-years-old I bring a wealth of experience.

‘It saddens me to see the league position my new club is in, however that boosts me even further to help them move up. I’m a box player, I bring power and strength, I give 100% all the time and I just can’t wait to get going.’

Positive words indeed from John, that if followed up half impressively on the pitch will see The Bees do ok.

John was once a feared striker in the top-flight with Fulham (but then tailed off with spells at Leicester and Watford, before seemingly disappearing altogether) but that seems such a long time ago now, but with him still only in his mid-twenties if he can keep himself fit previous tends to suggest he could do a very good job at league two level!

If nothing else it definitely does send out a statement of intent from Barnet that they are going to fight hard to get out of the troubling position they are currently in.

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