Paul Fairclough has returned from the Four Nations Tournament to sign teenager Max Porter.
The central midfielder has been bought from Conference South side Bishop’s Stortford FC for an undisclosed fee, ahead of two other League Two clubs who were also interested in the goalscoring midfielder.
Last season, he was voted Players’ Player of the Season as well as Fans’ Player of the Season, with the team coming in fifth position. He was a regular starter for the side, making 53 appearances, and his goalscoring qualities are highlighted in the 10 times he hit the back of the net last campaign. Furthermore, he made 10 Man of the Match displays.
On his latest signing, Fairclough said, ‘He is a very focused young man with a lot to give. The fact that both the fans and his fellow players at Stortford voted him Player Of The Season speaks volumes for his qualities.’
Now fans will be hoping the 19 year old can transfer his form onto the Football League stage, along with the three other signings made – all of whom have come from the academy of non-league clubs.
On signing for the club, Porter spoke of his admiration for his new gaffer, and said that he was the reason he chose to join the Bees, over two other sides in the division.
‘This was the club I wanted to come to…mainly because of his admiration for Paul Fairclough’s managerial and coaching abilities. I thought that Underhill was the best place to learn,’ the new Bee told the Barnet website.
Porter adds some height to a team lacking it (he is 6′ tall) but at 19 he lacks experience and fans will be hoping the youngster can get right into the swing of things, starting in pre-season, if the club is going to mount any sort of realistic challenge for the play-offs.
Bishops Stortford describes Porter as ‘A dynamic player who also has an eye for goal,’ and this was demonstrated in pre-season, where he scored two brilliant goals against West Ham in a friendly – a left-footed volley and a superb mazing run from his penalty area before scoring a stunning 30-yarder.
That gave the fans only a taste of what was to come in the proceeding season. Now, a year later, the Stortford board are sorry to be losing such a talented player, as he moves onto better things in his career in the form of Barnet FC.