Michael Bostwick has been released for his trial after not earning a permanent deal with the Bees.
Bostwick, from a supporters’ point of view, has played well in pre-season matches all pre-season and displayed his versatility in playing at centre-back, right-back and in the middle of the park, but despite solid performances in these friendlies Paul Fairclough had decided to release him.
Fairclough is desperate for more players ahead of the new season which begins in just one week, Barnet having no goalkeeping cover for Lee Harrison, although it is expected that Robert Beckwith will claim a deal in the next few days to become understudy to the captain this season.
At left-back, Nicky Nicolau is our only player although Frenchman Kenny Gillet will be hoping for another good performance if he is to earn a deal with Barnet and challenge Nicolau for the starting place ahead of next week’s visit to Morecambe. Only three recognised centre-backs are present in the Barnet squad, and Fairclough will need to strengthen here to with at least one more player, whilst he may also see fit to add a player to right-back where only Joe Devera is present; Ian Hendon will reduce his player training to focus on coaching now that he has become assistant manager.
Central midfield sees three players whilst Barnet also have three wide men, so Fairclough may choose to add another player to the midfield because Barnet could be in big trouble should suspension or injury problems arise. Up front is another big area for concern, with two strikers ready to start the new campaign, Liam Hatch ready to be sold to a Conference outfit, and Giuliano Grazioli also transfer-listed as well as being out injured. Another couple of forwards will be on the mind of Fairclough to add in the next few days although he does have until 31 August since that is when the transfer window closes. The search becomes even more frustrating now that Ben Wright has chosen to join Lincoln, and Fairclough may now look to tall forward Rory May to act as a ‘replacement’ for the departing Hatch.
It’s a big squad problem and Fairclough is under increasing pressure to get his squad together, moreso important that the boss has said he will be aiming for promotion and nothing less.