Stephane Claude Seanla has signed for the Bees following a successful trial.
Seanla, the 19 year old Ivory Coast player, signed a contract with Barnet today after impressing Paul Fairclough in pre-season. He initially joined the Bees at the start of pre-season, reporting to training sessions and playing in friendlies against Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Bishop’s Stortford, Northwood. He scored against Farnborough in Barnet’s trialist match against them when he rounded the keeper after being put through on goal.
Seanla has played in a variety of positions in those games; up front and central midfield although he has looked most impressive on the wing, such as against Palace, where he set up Ismail Yakubu‘s goal, despite his natural position being up front. Fairclough has said Seanla can also play in defence, although fans will be hoping that doesn’t happen to often and Seanla can remain in the attacking six players of the Barnet team when playing.
The new Bee told Barnet’s website: ‘I am looking forward to the challenge of League Two football.’
Seanla began his career with Tottenham Hotspur, hitting 11 goals in 18 games for the reserves. He continued his impressive scoring rate the next season, with 6 goals in 11 appearances, although found himself on the sidelines for some of the season with injury. After not being offered a contract, he moved on to in the summer of 2006 and after a successful trial was offered a one-year deal. However is time at the club proved difficult, making just one appearance, that being as a substitute, before deciding to leave Vicarage Road by mutual consent in February this year. He soon found himself on non-contract terms with Kettering, his manager Morell Maison describing him as a ‘natural goalscorer’ after netting 4 times in 2 reserve games for the poppies. He was released in the close-season.
Seanla is believed to have been handed the number 15 shirt which he has been wearing during his trial.